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Military reduces charges against Pfc. Lynndie England

[JURIST] The defense team for Pfc. Lynndie England [JURIST Newsmaker archive], accused in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, said Friday that military prosecutors have now filed a new and reduced set of charges against her that could substantially reduce any prison term sentence might receive. Nineteen counts of committing abusive and indecent acts that could have resuled in 38 years in jail have been cut back to just 9 counts with a maximum term of 16 1/2 years. No explanation of the reduction in charges has been given. Pfc. England became internationally notorious last spring when photographs taken at Abu Ghraib showed her with humiliated and degraded prisoners. England's pre-court martial Article 32 hearing has not yet been scheduled. AP has more.

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