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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Military judge denies bid to question Rumsfeld in Abu Ghraib hearings
Jeannie Shawl at 9:14 AM ET

A military judge Tuesday refused to allow lawyers for Spc. Javal Davis question Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his Undersecretary for Intelligence Stephen Cambone about the chain of command leading down to Davis and other soldiers charged with abusing inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Davis is charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice with conspiracy to maltreat detainees, dereliction of duty for willfully failing to protect detainees from abuse, cruelty and maltreatment, maltreatment of detainees, assaulting detainees, and making a statement intended to deceive an investigator. In denying the defense request, Judge Co. James Pohl said that there was no connection between the group of soldiers charged and actions taken in Washington. Also Tuesday, Pohl ordered the government to explain why it has refused to grant immunity from prosecution to officers whose testimony the defense believes could exonerate Davis. AP has more. Findlaw has the charge sheet against Davis. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the hearings.

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