ABC news is reporting, as is AP, that the Judge of the Court Martial for Lynndie England, has declared a mistrial! Col. James Pohl entered a plea of not guilty for England, saying he was not convinced she knew that her actions were wrong at the time.
The mistrial for England, a 22-year-old reservist who appeared in some of the most notorious photographs from the 2003 abuse scandal, means the case gets kicked back to the military equivalent of a grand-jury proceeding.
The action came after Graner, the reputed ringleader of the abuse, testified at England’s sentencing hearing that pictures he took of England holding a naked prisoner on a leash at Abu Ghraib were meant to be used as a legitimate training aid for other guards.
When England pleaded guilty Monday, she told the judge she knew that the pictures were being taken purely for the amusement of the guards.
Pohl said the two statements could not be reconciled. “You can’t have a one-person conspiracy,” the judge said before he declared a mistrial and dismissed the jury.
I wonder if they can sneak a quick “Office Hours” option by everyone, give her a less than honorable discharge, and send her on her way, before the press and the liberal attack dogs can catch wind of it? Just a thought…