US: Judge dismisses all charges in Blackwater shooting

Publisher Name: 
Los Angeles Times

A federal judge has dismissed all charges against five Blackwater
Worldwide security guards charged in a deadly Baghdad shooting.


U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina said today the Justice Department
overstepped its bounds and wrongly used evidence it was not allowed to
see. He said the government's explanations have been contradictory,
unbelievable and not credible.


Blackwater contractors were hired to guard State Department diplomats
in Iraq. Prosecutors say the guards fired on unarmed civilians in a
busy intersection in 2007, killing innocent people.


After the shooting, the guards gave statements to State Department
investigators. Prosecutors were not allowed to use those statements in
the case.

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