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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

England Guilty Plea Tossed Out

Pvt. Lynddie England's guilty plea was tossed out today as the judge declared a mistrial stating he was unsure whether England knew she was committing wrongdoings. The way it is being reported is misleading, and you might think that the judge is siding with England. Not so. What happened was that the defense called upon Charles Graner, England's ex-boyfriend and superior officer, and he testified that he ordered her to pose for the photos. The judge immediately stopped the proceedings and ordered the jury out of the room. He proceeded to scold the defense and tell them that they could not have it both ways and also suggest that England was following orders so she did not do anything wrong. When her plea was accepted she admitted wrongdoing and Graner's testimony voids that, and therefore the entire plea deal. It remains to be seen if the Army will charge England once again after the situation is evaluated.

I disagree with the idea that Pvt. England did not know she was doing something wrong, unless she considers torture and humiliation acceptable types of action. I do agree with the claim that she probably felt peer pressure to join in the action. I've always thought that there is more to this than meets the eye, which would make Charles Graner (the ringleader and altogether a despicable individual) and those involved scapegoats. Don't get me wrong, they deserve punishment. But I do not believe for a minute that these soldiers would perform these actions of their own will without their superior officer finding out or in someway encouraging it and maybe turning a blind eye. Now, I do not have any proof, but that is just my opinion. It is up to the real journalists to have the guts to follow the bread crumbs.
Judge Throws Out England's Guilty Plea


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