Tuesday, May 03, 2005
She was a victim . . .
What ever happened to standing up and taking responsibility for one's own actions?
Defense lawyers sought leniency for Pfc. Lynndie England at a hearing Tuesday to determine her punishment in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, with a psychologist testifying that the reservist was oxygen-deprived at birth, speech impaired and had trouble learning to read.
West Virginia school psychologist Dr. Thomas Denne - the first defense witness - said England's learning disabilities were identified when she was a kindergartner - and though she made progress in school, she continued needing special help.
"I knew I was going to know Lynndie England for the rest of my life," West Virginia school psychologist Dr. Thomas Denne said.
You were stupid, lady, and you did some really stupid stuff. Suck it up, apologize, and accept the consequences.
You'll do time (perhaps even more than you would otherwise do), but you will still have one thing: your self respect.