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Private England Found Guilty in Abu Ghraib Abuse Case


A U.S. military jury has found Private Lynndie England guilty of abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

England was convicted on six of seven charges of maltreating prisoners and conspiracy. She faces up to ten years in prison.

England became central to the abuse scandal when photographs of her humiliating prisoners were shown around the world. In one, she is holding a leash placed around the neck of a naked prisoner. Her lawyers argued she has an overly compliant personality that fell under the control of Charles Graner, the accused ringleader of the abuse who is now serving a 10-year prison sentence.

The prosecution countered that England had to know what she was doing was a crime and added she was clearly enjoying it. Early this year, England pleaded guilty to abuse charges as part of a plea bargain, but a judge later canceled the deal and ordered the case to trial.

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