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UPDATE ~ Judge in Lynndie England abuse case refuses to step down

[JURIST] Military judge Col. James Pohl has declined a request by lawyers [JURIST report] for US Army Pfc. Lynndie England [JURIST news archive; Wikipedia profile] to step down from her Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse case. Defense lawyers claimed that Pohl asked inappropriate questions while presiding over the first trial, which ended in a mistrial as the answers contradicted statements from England. Pohl rejected this claim, saying, "It was not the questions that caused the problems. It was the answers." AP has more.

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