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Lynndie England prisoner abuse trial set to start next week

[JURIST] The US Army said Tuesday that the court-martial of Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] will start next Tuesday at Fort Hood [official website]. England, accused of abusing prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive], pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in May to charges of conspiracy, maltreatment of prisoners, and indecent acts. The court-martial judge later rejected England's guilty plea [JURIST report], however, as her story did not match that of fellow serviceman and former boyfriend Army Spc. Charles Graner Jr. [Wikipedia profile], already convicted for his role in the abuse scandal [JURIST report]. Eight other soldiers were also charged in connection with these incidents of prisoner abuse. England could receive a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison, a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank to private as well as loss of pay and allowances. KWTX-TV has local coverage.

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