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Lynndie England abuse case heads to jury

[JURIST] Prosecutors wrapped up closing arguments Monday in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse [JURIST news archive] case involving Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] by describing her as a willing participant in the scandal while defense attorneys portrayed her as impressionable and easily influenced by a manipulative boyfriend. England faces a prison sentence of up 11 years if convicted on all seven abuse counts, which include posing for photographs with Iraqis who were forced to masturbate and holding a leash attached to the neck of a naked detainee. Her ex-boyfriend Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr. [Wikipedia profile] was sentenced to 10 years in prison [JURIST report] in January for his role in the abuses. A jury of five Army officers is set to begin deliberations Monday afternoon. AP has more.

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