May 4, 2005


So is she off the hook, or what?

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military judge on Wednesday threw out Lynndie England's guilty plea to prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, saying that he was not convinced that she knew that her actions were wrong at the time she committed them.

Col. James Pohl entered a plea of not guilty for England to a charge of conspiring with Pvt. Charles Graner Jr. to maltreat detainees at the Baghdad-area prison.

The action came after Graner testified at England's sentencing hearing that pictures he took of England holding a naked prisoner on a leash at Abu Ghraib were meant to be used as a legitimate training aid for other guards.

When England pleaded guilty Monday, she told the judge she knew at the time that the pictures were taken purely for the amusement of the guards.

Pohl said the two statements were unable to be reconciled.

"You can't have a one-person conspiracy," the judge said before he declared a mistrial and dismissed the jury of five men and one woman.

HUH? But ... but ... she said she knew the pictures were taken for shits and giggles. Head. Going. To. Explode.

Also, I love how she's carrying a Pepsi in the photo. I smell an endorsement deal when all is said and done. Move over, Britney! Here comes Lyndie!


ADAMANT said...

Taking inspiration from your post below :

"Is your legal system a Lemon?"

Tom Harper said...

This is sick. This is the first I've heard of this; I haven't checked any news yet today.

This just sucks. I was all set to do a post gloating over the 10-year sentence I assumed she'd be getting. She needs to do time and be on the receiving end of all the shit she dished out.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Hey, Mags, don't forget in the most-used picture she also was smoking a cigarette. Promo for Winston? Camel?

mrgumby2u said...

On the bright side (?), at least Bush and Rummy didn't leave the little guys and gals holding the bag. They've found a way to hold nobody responsible. Bunch of a-holes.

Generik said...

Round and round and round it goes, where it ends up, nobody knows. The buck never stops in the Bush Flying Circus!

Excuse me... the Bush LYING Circus.

Lily said...

uh ... yanno, our legal system leaves much to be desired, however, if you notice, this judgment took place in Texas. Without going into too much details Texas is a WHOLE different universe when it comes to laws.