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GUILTY ABU GHRAIB SOLDIER SUES AFTER WRITER DEFECTED

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Former Army reservist Lynndie England is suing the biographer who wrote the book she hoped would tell her side of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

The book, released in June, is called Tortured: Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib and the Photographs That Shocked the World.

England, 26, of Fort Ashby, says writer Gary S. Winkler abruptly resigned in July from A Few Bad Apples LLC, a West Virginia company set up to handle funding for the book, and formed his own Virginia-based publishing company, Bad Apple Books LLC, cutting her out of the writing and marketing process.

Winkler said England was spending funds carelessly and denies any wrongdoing, saying he welcomes a Sept. 23 hearing in Hampshire County Circuit Court.

"The book is not selling well," said Winkler, noting that sales amounted to a few hundred copies.

England, one of 11 soldiers found guilty of wrongdoing at the Iraqi prison in 2004, is appealing convictions for conspiracy, mistreating detainees and committing an indecent act.

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