Military Law

Officer Acquitted of Most Abu Ghraib Charges


The only officer to face court martial for detainee abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison was acquitted today of charges involving treatment of detainees and supervision of soldiers who conducted interrogations.

Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan was found guilty of failing to obey an order not to talk about the abuse investigation but acquitted of the more serious charges, the Associated Press reports.

Jordan was acquitted of these three charges:

–Cruelty and maltreatment of detainees.

–Dereliction of duty for failing to supervise and train soldiers in proper interrogation techniques.

–Failing to obey an order by allowing dogs to be used in interrogations.

Earlier coverage of the trial reported that many of the prosecution witnesses had given testimony that favored Jordan. He told the Washington Post in an earlier interview that the military made him a scapegoat for prison abuses.

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