PFC Lynndie England’s Article 32 Hearing Postponed Again
It was another false start for Pfc. Lynndie EnglandÃ¢€™s Article 32 hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., days after new charges involving sexually explicit photographs were filed against her. Instead of testimony from witnesses, the only action taken at EnglandÃ¢€™s preliminary hearing Monday was to again reschedule the trial. The trial was moved to Aug. 3 for unspecified reasons having to do with her Army lawyers, a Fort Bragg spokesman said. In addition, England has three civilian lawyers.
The hearing, which also was postponed June 22, is expected to last four days.
Last week, new charges were preferred against England, the female soldier famously pictured holding a leash tied to a naked Iraqi prisoner at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The six additional specifications double her maximum possible sentence from about 15 years to 30 years, said spokesman Lt. Col. Billy Buckner of the XVIII Airborne Corps. Four new specifications are for Ã¢€œindecent acts,Ã¢€ and one is for Ã¢€œthe creation and possession of sexually explicit photographs.Ã¢€
None of the new pictures involve Iraqi detainees or Iraqi nationals, according to a news release from Fort Bragg. Published reports, quoting anonymous congressmen who were shown Abu Ghraib photos and videos a couple of months ago, said the photos depict American soldiers engaged in graphic sexual acts with other soldiers.
England is pregnant. The father is Spc. Charles Graner, a buddy from the 372nd Military Police Company. In court, she wore a maternity BDU top.
According to the news release, other charges she faces are: posing for the leash photograph; three specifications of assaulting detainees; eight specifications of posing for Ã¢€œnumerous wrongful photographs with various Iraqi detainees,Ã¢€ and one of Ã¢€œindecent acts with numerous soldiers and Iraqi detainees.Ã¢€
Lovely. Of course, this is all Don Rumsfeld’s fault.