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Pfc Lynndie England Abandons Plea Strategy reports that she will now fight the charges stemming from her role in the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. Her attempt in May to plead guilty in a court martial proceeding failed when a military judge threw out her plea at the sentencing hearing. She appeared then to be playing the not uncommon defendant game of admitting barely enough to get the court to accept the guilty plea (which usually results in a lighter sentence than is imposed if a defendant insists on going to trial) but then claiming at the sentencing phase that she wasn’t really guilty of anything. The judge, properly, would have none of it – and essentially said: if you claim you’re not really guilty, go to trial. Now she will. She will face up to eleven years if convicted on all charges.

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