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ABU Ghraib gaurd's case to be reviewed

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The military’s highest court will review the case of former Army Cpl. Charles Graner Jr., the only service member still imprisoned for detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

The Feb. 12 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces comes nearly a year after the former guard’s attorney petitioned the court for review.

Graner was sentenced in 2005 to 10 years in prison for his role in the Abu Ghraib scandal. He was portrayed as the ringleader of the abuse and was charged with knocking out a detainee and stacking naked detainees in a human pyramid, among other infractions.

The court said it will consider whether trial judge Col. James Pohl erred by not disclosing memos approving “enhanced interrogation tactics” by guards at Abu Ghraib and by excluding certain expert testimony.

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:29 AM on Mar. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • “You can’t have maltreatment if the president approves punching, hitting and walling detainees,” said retired Marine Lt. Col. Charles Gittins, Graner’s attorney.

    Memos from the Justice Department under President George W. Bush justified the use of harsh interrogation techniques, such as stress positions, sleep deprivation and waterboarding. The department released the documents last year in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union and after President Obama took office vowing to abide by the Geneva Conventions.

    Army Maj. Sara Root and Capt. Chad Fisher are the government appellate attorneys in the case. Root declined to comment.

    The court likely will hear arguments on Graner’s appeal in May, Clerk of the Court William DeCicco said.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:30 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

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    Answer by Anonymous at 9:33 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

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