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May 25, 2004 | Esther Schrader, Times Staff Writer
In choosing to demolish Abu Ghraib prison, where prisoners were tortured under Saddam Hussein and brutally abused by U.S. military guards, President Bush is seeking to clean up the Pentagon's image at home and abroad.
May 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A jury was chosen Monday in the court-martial of a military dog-handler charged with abusing detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Sgt. Santos A. Cardona, 32, is accused of allowing his Belgian shepherd to bite a detainee on the leg badly enough to require stitches and of harassing and threatening another detainee in violation of military code. Defense attorney Harvey J. Volzer contends the aggressive use of dogs was sanctioned high up the chain of command.
June 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
A U.S. military court judge Tuesday rejected a motion that sought a new Article 32 investigation into allegations that Staff Sgt. Ivan L. "Chip" Frederick II abused inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison. Ordering a new Article 32 investigation, the military equivalent of a grand jury inquiry, would have been tantamount to dropping the charges against Frederick, one of seven soldiers accused in the scandal. The judge, Col. James Pohl, rejected the motion during a pretrial hearing Tuesday.
May 20, 2004 | Esther Schrader, Times Staff Writer
The top U.S. military commander in Iraq told Congress on Wednesday that a lack of clear rules from the highest levels of his command may have created the climate for abuses at Abu Ghraib prison. It was the U.S. military's most explicit acknowledgment to date that command failures may have contributed to conditions giving rise to the abuse of Iraqi detainees. Since the scandal broke last month, the Bush administration has blamed the abuse on a small number of rogue prison guards.
February 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
A military jury convicted two British servicemen Wednesday of involvement in abusing Iraqi civilians, after a monthlong court-martial at a British base in Germany. The panel of seven senior officers found Lance Cpl. Mark Cooley, 25, and Cpl. Daniel Kenyon, 33, guilty. A third defendant, Lance Cpl. Darren Larkin, 30, had pleaded guilty. Sentencing for all three was set for Friday.
February 5, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sgt. Javal S. Davis, who admitted abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in late 2003, was sentenced Friday to six months in a military prison and given a bad-conduct discharge from the Army. A nine-man military jury deliberated for about 5 1/2 hours to determine the punishment for Davis, a former Abu Ghraib guard who confessed this week to stepping on the hands and feet of a group of handcuffed detainees and falling with his full weight on top of them.
May 17, 2004
One would hope that the civilized world would be far removed from the Wild West. The recent pictures taken at the Abu Ghraib prison tell a different story -- a godless and disheartening tale. The entrusted leaders of our nation have once more failed in their pursuit of "democracy," a term often used but hardly practiced. Violence begets violence, and we are paying the price. Should we wait any longer in Iraq for welcoming roses? Zorik Mooradian Glendale Several U.S. officials are urging the Bush administration to dismantle the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad.
May 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
Defense lawyers sought leniency for Pfc. Lynndie R. England at a hearing Tuesday to determine her punishment in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, with a psychologist testifying that the reservist was oxygen-deprived at birth, speech-impaired and had trouble learning to read. West Virginia school psychologist Thomas Denne -- the first defense witness -- said England's learning disabilities were identified when she was in kindergarten.
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