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New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 18, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico Best Available Copy Nation Tuesday January 18 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A3 Attorney Graner verdict wont change defense tactics for another soldier The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO Although observers had predicted Spc Charles Graners conviction in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal would trigger plea deals from the other defendants at least one soldier still intends to go to trial Paul Bergrin a Newark lawyer representing Sgt Javal Davis said Sunday he still plans to argue that his cli ent was obeying orders from higherranking officers and government agents to rough up detainees as a prelude to interrogation Lawyers for Graner offered that defense but a military jury convicted him Friday of all five charges He was sen tenced to 10 years behind bars The panel reached its ver dict in less than five hoursin the first trial arising from the scandal at the Baghdad prison ignited when graphic photo graphs were aired that showed Graner and other Army reserv ists brutalizing detainees I just dont believe it was presented the way were going to present said Bergrin whose witness list includes Brig Gen Janis Karpinski who then was in charge of Abu Ghraib But retired Army lawyer Jeffrey Adclicott said the Gra ner verdict should send law yers for Davis and two other soldiers awaiting courtmar tial in the case scrambling to get the best deals they can So far everyone thats been brought into court has either pled guilty or now has been found said Addicott director of the Center for Ter rorism Law at St Marys Uni versity in San Antonio So if Davis raises the defense of I was only following orders I would predict hes going to get the same Davis whose trial is set to begin in early February faces many of the same charges as Graner conspiracy assault and dereliction of duty for not protecting detainees He also is charged with lying to inves tigators and could get a maxi mum of eight years in prison if convicted on all counts The Roselle man has admitted stepping on the fingers and toes of detainees but he maintains that none of them were hurt Bergrin said Davis case is far more winnable than Gra ners because unlike Graner Davis is not seen in the most shocking photos of physical maltreatment and sexual humiliation at Abu Ghraib It helps me extraordinarily because it shows no connec tion of Davis to any of the indecent Bergrin said Edward Sherman a law professor at Tulane Univer sity in New Orleans said that although a smart attorney would not ignore the message sent by Graners jury the dif ference in the photographic evidence means Davis could be better off It seems to me those photo graphs were so damning and theres just no opportunity to argue ambiguity or just exactly what happened when youve got the Sherman said intelligence found no clues WMD moved from Iraq The Associated Press WASHINGTON As the hunt for weapons of mass destruction dragged on unsuccessfully in Iraq top Bush administration officials speculated publicly that the banned armaments might have been smuggled out of the country before the war started Whether Saddam Hussein moved the WMD is one of the unresolved issues that the final intelligence report on Iraqs programs is expected to address next month But intelligence and con gressional officials say they have not seen any information never a said one indicating that WMD or significant amounts of com ponents and equipment were transferred from Iraq to neigh boring Syria or elsewhere The administration acknowl edged hist week that the search for banned weapons is largely over The Iraq Survey Groups chief Charles Duelfer is expected to submit the final installments of his report in February A small number of the organizations experts will remain on the job in case new intelligence is unearthed But the officials familiar with the search say authorities have found no evidence that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein transferred WMD or related equipment out of Iraq A special adviser to the CIA director Duelfer declined an interview request through an agency spokesman In his last public statements he told a Senate panel last October that it remained unclear whether banned weapons could have been moved from Iraq He said a lot of materials left Iraq and went to Syria but did not say if they were weapons BEliORA MltfONI HOME TREASURES BEDDING Snnbusto Center BIN 10 LUNCH MOMrai Entran Problems Visit or Call 4714221 SPECIAL DINNER FOR TWO SOUP OK SAIAO U Any main course jntl I IVuV Kul any dessert I puhiM of If K COUII t r HERITAGE I5LI1I IINC Kstatliihtil Wli N VW 11 15 K li IIV TI1K USA 35x 45x 10UBC 97 CODE lit Live Snow 80 mph Wind Snow 80 mph Live Snow 110 mph Snow 80 mph 1C mctiil iMliMillgs ill c K misled ly buildings I Ihc wronj jM for Ihr UmilT MfTM liniV I t r II V I li I I I r I I IK 11 Iraqis begin registering to vote The Associated Press IRVINE Calif Hussan Al Taee woke before the crack of dawn and drove seven hours from Arizona but he was all smiles Monday after register ing to vote in an Iraqi election for the first time Al Taee 37 of Phoenix was among thousands of Iraqi expatriates who showed up at polling stations in 14 countries from Australia to the United States on Monday to register to vote in their homelands first independent election in nearly 50 years I get happy and my fami lys happy because they come for voting For many years we dont do voting in Iraq Saddam Hussein he took all said Al Taee a Shiite Muslim who said he fled Iraq 10 years ago and now owns a smoke shop in Phoenix He arrived with his wife son and cousin to add his name to the list of some Iraqi immigrants expected to regis ter at the polling station set up at a decommissioned Marine base in Southern California Cities in four other states held registration for the Jan 30 election including Michi gan Tennessee Maryland and Illinois About Iraqis are eligible to vote in the United States Eligible voters can be Amer ican citizens but must be 18 or older have been born in Iraq hold citizenship or prove that their father was Iraqi Preparations for the elec tion around the world mir rored those in Iraq itself where the top general there predicted violence The Associated Press Amer Alshemari right who drove in from Phoenix registers to vote for the upcoming Iraqi elec tion with the help of Alleya Eid at El Toro Marine Air Station in Irvine on Monday Iraqis are registering to vote in their homelands first independent election in nearly 50 years Theyre among Iraqis around the country who can register for the next seven days during the national election but pledged Monday to do everything in our power to ensure safety of voters The polling stations were monitored by armed guards and metal detectors In Nashville those seeking to register could not go directly to the two election sites but had to gather at a hastily arranged location to board a bus Sadah Badel 40 ignored Mondays cold temperatures as he and his uncle waited for the bus eager to begin the voting process Hopefully we can get a democratic country and do the election Badel said This time is going to be hard because this time is the first time but hopefully the next couple of years will be much better Our hope TRAVEL BUG Coffee Shop Round Mountain jstJan72 5pm Cuba Old Havana i gooqle Travel Bun Evenis tof full tchgduk 5tO 4l AUmpdal BEADS SALE JAN 2229 BEAUTY and the BEADS W W Solirna Center is we have one country just like everyone else here and in Europe an independent country a free At the polling station in Nashville 3foot concrete barriers forced vehicles to zigzag as if entering a checkpoint as an armed offi cer checked credentials Everybody saw the bar riers coming in here Some people are saying Were not in said Ahmed Mossa a polling volunteer Registrants headed to a poll ing station in Irvine about 50 miles south of Los Angeles found themselves searching for an address that didnt exist on the base Most Iraqis inter viewed said they had spent hours looking for the site Eligible Iraqis abroad estimated to number million can vote in Lunch Dinner 402 N Guadalupe 9849112 Britain Australia Sweden Canada Denmark France Germany Iran Jordan the Netherlands Syria Turkey United Arab Emirates and the United States At a London registration center near Wembley Sta dium Saieb Jabbar who left Baghdad in 1980 registered with his 23yearold son Ahmed who had just visited Iraq Both were eager to vote We lived in a dictator ship a long time and its the first time in my life in my 48 years that I can vote in Saieb Jabbar said I feel very The sevenday registration period ends Jan 23 Voting will begin Jan 28 and con tinue until the Jan 30 election in Iraq for an assembly that will draft a constitution and choose a president Fine Furniture Gallery Your account number on a CD Plus from Los Alamos National Bank The CD Plus from Los Alamos National Bank Its Smart Banking plus great service Sign up for your CD Plus at our new office on Griffin at 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