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Abu Ghraib Dog Handler

An Army dog handler could learn his fate Wednesday when his court martial sentencing hearing resumes Wednesday morning at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Sergeant Michael Smith was convicted yesterday of tormenting three detainees at Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

The charges included conspiring with another dog handler in a contest to make detainees soil themselves, dereliction of duty and an indecent act.

Smith's lawyers argued he is a good soldier who believed he was doing what the government wanted dog handlers at the prison to do. He told the panel soldiers aren't supposed to be "soft and cuddly."

Smith could get up to eight-and-a-half years in prison.

He is the tenth soldier to be found guilty of abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib. No higher-ups have been charged.


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