Military Law

Abu Ghraib Prosecution Falters

Several prosecution witnesses gave testimony favoring the defense during the court-martial this week of an Army officer accused of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.

“The more prosecutors and prosecution witnesses speak in the trial of Army Lt. Col. Steven Jordan at Fort Meade this week, the better Jordan’s defense looks,” writes Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank.

One prosecution witness testified that, to his knowledge, Jordan had nothing to do with abusive interrogations. Another said Jordan “had nothing to do with those detainees being abused.”

Milbank writes that a higher-ranking officer who admitted to approving the use of dogs in interrogations received only a reprimand and a fine.

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