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The justice departments show trial against five Blackwater guards was dismissed today. The government says that these guys were involved in a Baghdad shooting that left 17 Iraqis dead. The feds promised the guards immunity, got their statements and then prosecuted them. Now a federal judge has thrown out the charges.


Judge dismisses all charges in Blackwater shooting - Yahoo! News


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WASHINGTON – A federal judge dismissed all charges Thursday against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in a crowded Baghdad intersection in 2007.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina said Justice Department prosecutors improperly built their case on sworn statements that had been given under a promise of immunity. Urbina said the government's explanations were "contradictory, unbelievable and lacking in credibility."

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Investigators promised the men that their statements were to be used only for the internal inquiry and would not be used in a criminal case. Such limited immunity deals are common in police departments so officers involved in shootings cannot hold up internal investigations by refusing to cooperate.

The deal meant that prosecutors had to build their case without using those statements. Urbina said the Justice Department failed to do so. Prosecutors read those statements, reviewed them in the investigation and used them to get search warrants, Urbina said.

The five guards had been charged with manslaughter and weapons charges. The charges carried mandatory 30-year prison terms.

It was unclear what the ruling means for a sixth Blackwater guard, Jeremy Ridgeway, who turned on his former colleagues and pleaded guilty to killing one Iraqi and wounding another.
 

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Urbina said the government's explanations were "contradictory, unbelievable and lacking in credibility."
The definition of this current administration to a T

Now justice for the Navy Seals would be a good start for the new year! :yup:
 

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Adding a third Amen! From your lips to God's ears.
 

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Still a win for the libs, few will remember the case being thrown out and the damage is done to Blackwater.
 

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I like everybody, do not need to know the details let the boys do what needs to be done.
 

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The definition of this current administration to a T

Now justice for the Navy Seals would be a good start for the new year! :yup:
And something for which I have been praying.

Thanks for bringing it up. Easy to forget things we don't read about on a regular basis.
 

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Glad the Blackwater guards are done with this gov :bs2: :yup::congrats:
 

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That judge did everything that a good judge is supposed to do. Very early in 2009 he refused to dismiss the case. After looking at the evidence, or lack of, he rendered his 90 page decision.
 
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