Deliberations Start For Soldier Charged With Abu Ghraib Abuse

A military jury resumes deliberations today in the court-martial of a military dog handler accused of abusing detainees in Iraq for his amusement.

Sergeant Santos Cardona, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was portrayed by prosecutors as part of a corrupt, sadistic conspiracy. Defense lawyers say he's a victim of chaos and confusion at Abu Ghraib (grayb) prison. The panel of four officers and three enlisted soldiers deliberated for nearly three hours yesterday before recessing for the night. Cardona is accused of making his dog bite one prisoner and harass another to amuse himself and other soldiers. The government also alleges Cardona competed with another dog handler to frighten detainees into soiling themselves.

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