Monday, January 10, 2005

If you ever need legal help...

... don't go to Guy Womack. Spc. Charles A. Graner, the first soldier being prosecuted for the atrocities in Abu Ghraib, is unfortunate enough to have Mr. Womack as his lawyer at court martial.
Using naked and hooded detainees to make a human pyramid was much like what cheerleaders "all over America" do at football games, the lawyer, Guy Womack, argued. Putting naked prisoners on leashes was much like what parents in airports and malls do with their toddlers: "They're not being abused," the lawyer told the jury of 10 soldiers, "they're being kept in control."

On the other hand, after what Graner did, he probably deserves this kind of incompetent attorney. I hope that all the guilty soldiers are punished severely. (Note that this is not necessarily the same as the set of soldiers accused of crimes. I'm fairly sure at least some of the senior offenders have managed to escape charges, and it's possible that some of their subordinates are being blamed unfairly.)

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