Charge dropped against Abu Ghraib soldier Bernard Hibbitts at 9:40 AM ET
[JURIST] Military prosecutors have dropped a principal charge against former US army reservist Sabrina Harman [Wikipedia profile], one of several US soldiers accused of abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The dropped charge pertains to viewing and failing to prevent the sexual abuse of prisoners. Several other charges against Harman were dropped in August, but she still faces prosecution on five remaining counts of maltreatment, one of conspiracy and one of dereliction of duty for which she could serve a maximum sentence of six and a half years. Harman was seen posing in a number of the photos that set off the Abu Ghraib scandal in spring 2004; in another instance she is also said to have attached wires to a hooded prisoner standing on a box, telling him he would be electrocuted if he fell off. Reuters has more.
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