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BREAKING NEWS ~ Abu Ghraib dog handler sentenced to 90 days hard labor

[JURIST] AP is reporting that US Army Sgt. Santos A. Cardona [JURIST news archive] has been sentenced to 90 days hard labor without confinement and a reduction in rank for abusing detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive]. Cardona was convicted [JURIST report] Thursday of dereliction of duty and aggravated assault in connection with the use of unmuzzled dogs [JURIST report] when questioning detainees at Abu Ghraib. He faced a maximum three-and-a-half year prison sentence.

A second dog handler, Sgt. Michael Smith, was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison [JURIST reports] on similar charges in March.

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