WASHINGTON: $5.2M for Abu Ghraib torture
A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused of conspiring to torture detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has paid $5.28 million to 71 former inmates held there and at other U.S.-run detention sites from 2003 to 2007. The settlement involving Engility Holdings Inc. of Chantilly, Va., is the first successful effort by lawyers for former prisoners at Abu Ghraib and other detention centers to collect money from a U.S. defense contractor in lawsuits alleging torture. The payments were disclosed in a document Engility filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission two months ago. The defendant, L-3 Services Inc., now an Engility subsidiary, provided translators to the U.S. military. On Tuesday, a lawyer for the ex-detainees, Baher Azmy, said each of the 71 Iraqis received a portion of the settlement. "Private military contractors played a serious but often underreported role in the worst abuses at Abu Ghraib," said Azmy.
MARYLAND: Manning wins some relief
An Army private suspected of sending classified documents to the secret-sharing WikiLeaks website was illegally punished at a Marine Corps brig and should get 112 days cut from any prison sentence he receives if convicted, Army Col. Denise Lind ruled Tuesday during a pretrial hearing. Pfc. Bradley Manning, 25, held nine months in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., in 2010 and 2011, was confined to a windowless cell 23 hours a day, sometimes with no clothing. Manning faces 22 charges, including aiding the enemy, which carries a maximum sentence of life behind bars.
MISSOURI: Decade later, verdict overturned
The state Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction Tuesday of a man who was sentenced to life in prison for the 1990 slaying of a rural neighbor, ruling that prosecutors failed to share evidence with his defense. Mark Woodworth was ordered released, unless prosecutors decide to retry him. He was convicted of fatally shooting Catherine Robertson and wounding her husband, Lyndel Robertson, in their home near Chillicothe. Woodworth, whose father farmed with the Robertsons, was 16 at the time. He has been fighting for his release for more than a decade.