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Private England Waives Right to Challenge Iraq Prison Abuse Charges

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Army Pfc. Lynndie England arrives for a court hearing at Fort Hood, Texas
has waived her right to a pre-trial hearing in U.S. military court Tuesday, to challenge the charges she faces related to prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib.

Her defense lawyer said he hopes the decision will speed up the process for a new trial.

Ms. England appeared in some of the most infamous photographs of the 2003 abuse scandal, including one where she appears holding a leash around the neck of a naked inmate.

Earlier this month, a U.S. military judge in Fort Hood, Texas, threw out her guilty plea after hearing testimony from the alleged ringleader of the Abu Ghraib abuse, Private Charles Graner.

Graner, now serving a 10-year sentence, told the court the photos of Private England humiliating Iraqi prisoners were meant to be used as a training aid. The judge, Colonel James Pohl, said that testimony contradicted earlier statements by Private England that she knew what she did was wrong.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.