Thursday, May 05, 2005

Abu Ghraib Fall Guy Can't Plead Guilty if Torture Orders Were Lawful

“What you're saying is it was part of a legitimate cell extraction, you're saying it was legitimate?” Colonel Pohl asked Private Graner and then turned to the defense: “If Private Graner is to be believed, he was not violating any law, so you could not be violating any law,” asked the judge, Colonel James L. Pohl. “If you don't believe you were guilty, doing what Graner told you, you can't plead guilty.” In a shocker Colonel Pohl threw out the guilty plea of Private Lynndie England. Despite photographs showing her holding a leash around an Iraqi prisoner’s neck, pointing to the gentiles of prisoners and pointing to a pyramid of naked Iraqis he could not accept her guilty plea if she thought she was following lawful orders.

Even the fall guy -- or fall girl in this case -- cannot plead guilty!


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