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Monday, May 16, 2011

US soldier convicted in Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse trial
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On May 16, 2005, a military jury convicted Spc. Sabrina Harman on six of seven counts against her related to the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Harman faced five counts of maltreatment, one of conspiracy, and one of dereliction of duty. Although Harman was not the first soldier to be prosecuted in connection with the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, she featured prominently in widely published pictures that caused a national scandal. Harman was sentenced to six months in prison for her role in the scandal, which was upheld on appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Numerous soldiers have been tried in connection with the Abu Ghraib scandal.

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