FORT HOOD, Texas – Pfc. Lynndie England (search) on Tuesday surrendered her right to challenge the seven charges she faces as a result of the Abu Ghraib (search) prison abuse scandal, moving her one step closer to a new military trial.
Her defense attorney, Capt. Jonathan Crisp (search), would not provide details as to why he decided not to go forward with the Article 32 hearing — the military equivalent of a grand jury proceeding. He said only that it was part of an evolving trial strategy.
Now the decision on England's charges goes to Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz, Fort Hood's commanding general. He'll decide whether she'll face any or all of the charges.
England, who appeared in some of the most notorious photographs from the 2003 scandal and whose guilty plea was rejected by a judge this month, could face up to 11 years in prison. She faces two counts of conspiracy to maltreat detainees, four counts of maltreatment and one count of committing an indecent act.
In one photograph, the 22-year-old reservist held a leash looped around the neck of a hooded, naked prisoner. Another showed her next to nude prisoners stacked in a pyramid, while a third depicted England pointing at a prisoner's genitals as a cigarette dangled from her lips.