The hearing officer at Fort Bragg ruled Tuesday against calling the last top official left on the defense wish list, Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, commander of the military police brigade running the prison in Iraq.
Without any public announcement, the presiding officer already had ruled against requiring testimony from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney and four generals, including Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top commander in Iraq at the time.
Defense lawyers then asked the court officer, Col. Denise Arn, to reconsider a much shorter witness list in which Karpinski was the only high-level name.
“I don’t see the necessity of her testimony,” Arn said, telling the attorneys they could introduce a sworn statement by Karpinski.
Arn also ruled against requiring the Army to track down former detainees who were abused at Abu Ghraib and said the defense could use their statements from various investigations.
The defense had asked for as many as 160 additional witnesses in England’s preliminary hearing. Arn approved one — a sergeant who testified Monday that military intelligence operatives appeared to be orchestrating one particular episode of abuse.