Abu Ghraib abuse trials moved from Baghdad to Texas

Abu Ghraib abuse trials moved from Baghdad to Texas

[JURIST] The US military announced Thursday that the courts-martial of Sgt. Javal Davis, Spc. Sabrina Harman and Spc. Charles Graner, who all face charges in connection with the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, will be transferred from Baghdad to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Read the official US Central Command news release here. Charges brought against the three under the Uniform Code of Military Justice include conspiracy to maltreat detainees; dereliction of duty for willfully failing to protect detainees from abuse, cruelty and maltreatment; maltreatment of detainees; and assaulting detainees. Charge sheets are available from FindLaw for Graner and Davis. Although no reason for moving the courts-martial was given, defense lawyers had argued that the problems of bringing witnesses and lawyers to Baghdad merited a change of venue. Graner's court-martial will begin on January 7, but dates for the other two courts-martial have not yet been announced. AP has more. JURIST's Paper Chase provides ongoing coverage of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal.