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Graner defense begins at Abu Ghraib abuse trial

[JURIST] Defense arguments begin Wednesday in the military trial of Spc. Charles Graner [Wikipedia profile], charged with multiple counts [original chargesheet; two charges have since been dropped] in connection with the highly-publicized abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib {JURIST Hot Topic] prison in Iraq. Defense attorney Guy Womack [law firm website] is expected to lead witnesses in support of his contention that Graner was simply following orders, softening up detainees in preparation for their interrogation by militaryb intelligence officers. In prosecution testimony Tuesday, two former detainees described on videotape how Graner and other soldiers humiliated, hurt and mistreated them, and how Graner seemed to enjoy the process. AP has more.

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