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Ex-Blackwater guards appeal to Supreme Court

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Four American workers for the Blackwater security firm who were accused of massacring civilians in Iraq in 2007 are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstitute a ruling that threw out a criminal case charging the security contractors with manslaughter and weapons violations.

U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina dismissed the case in 2009 on the grounds that the evidence was improperly tainted by statements the men made under threat of losing their jobs. However, in April of this year, a federal appeals court granted the U.S. government’s request to overturn that decision and reinstated the unusual prosecution for crimes allegedly committed outside U.S. territory.

The four guards formerly employed by Blackwater (now Xe) to protect State Department personnel were charged in 2008 with involvement in a shooting incident in Baghdad’s Al Nisur Square in 2007 that left at least 14 Iraqis dead.

Prosecutors said in court filings that the guards fired live ammunition willy-nilly into crowds and some defendants had a pattern of abusive words or actions towards Iraqis. The defense argued in court filings that any shooting took place in response to perceived threats and may not even have come from their clients.

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October 22, 2011 - Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Oversight, Legal Jurisdictions, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , ,

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