FORT HOOD, Texas -- A psychologist testified yesterday that Private Lynndie England suffered from depression and that her mental condition, coupled with an overly compliant personality, made her a heedless participant in abuse of inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Xavier Amador, a clinical psychologist from New York, said England's soldier boyfriend, Charles Graner, was her ''social accomplice" whom she relied upon without reservation to guide her behavior.
''It was a knee-jerk reflex," Amador testified during England's military trial. ''It was very much like a little kid looking to an adult for what to do and what not to do."
Prosecutors maintain that England was a willing participant in the 2003 abuse at Abu Ghraib. They sought to portray Amador as a professional defense witness who tailored his testimony to benefit her.
Major Jennifer Lange, an Army psychiatrist called by prosecutors to rebut Amador's testimony, interviewed England and concluded that she was neither clinically depressed nor suffered from other personality disorders.