UPDATE ~ Karpinski relieved of command over Abu Ghraib scandal

[JURIST] Following the recommendation of a 10-member investigative team whose findings clearing four other top officers were preliminarily disclosed Friday [JURIST report], the US Army has relieved Brigadier General Jani Karpinski [Wikipedia profile] of her command for dereliction of duty in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. She was previously suspended [JURIST report]. The recommendation came after the panel found that allegations of dereliction were substantiated during its six-month investigation. Karpinkski, who will avoid criminal punishment, has received an official letter of reprimand from a senior Army general along with being relieved of her command. Reuters has more. Earlier this month Karpinski said in an address in San Francisco that the Abu Ghraib abuse was authorized by top US officials; listen to her April 8 speech [recorded audio].

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.