[Marxism] Is there a pattern here? (3)
Brian_Shannon at verizon.net
Sat May 28 09:31:41 MDT 2005
[NB the last paragraph]
Navy SEAL acquitted of abusing Iraqi prisoner
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A military jury acquitted a Navy SEAL lieutenant
Friday of beating an Iraqi prisoner who later died.
Jurors deliberated about three hours before finding Lt. Andrew Ledford
not guilty of all charges. The 32-year-old SEAL had faced up to 11
years in military prison if he had been convicted of assault,
dereliction of duty, conduct unbecoming an officer and making false
. . .
Eight SEALs and one sailor who served under Ledford have received
administrative punishments for abusing al-Jamadi and other detainees.
Al-Jamadi died shortly after the SEALs turned him over to the CIA while
he was being interrogated in Abu Ghraib prison. Spinner said the CIA
should fully disclose its role in the case.
. . .
Ledford also had posed for a picture hoisting a can of Red Bull energy
drink as he and his men gathered around al-Jamadi in the back of a
Humvee, and he testified that he regretted having done so.
"This case represents nothing more than prosecutorial excess as a
result of the pictures and abuses that occurred at Abu Ghraib," Spinner
told the jury during his closing argument.
Through his attorney, Ledford said he plans to continue serving as a
SEAL. He has been selected for the rank of lieutenant commander, a
promotion that was placed on hold pending the trial's outcome.
from Brian Shannon
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