Judge Refuses To Toss Charges In Blackwater Case

A federal judge has given a green light to the manslaughter case against five former Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of spraying innocent Iraqis with machine-gun fire.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina on Tuesday denied two motions to dismiss the case.

The shooting in Baghdad in September 2007 left 17 Iraqis dead and another 20 wounded.

The former Blackwater guards argue they are not subject to U.S. civilian criminal laws because they were working overseas under a
contract with the State Department.

A legal loophole says only contractors who work for or support
the Defense Department can be prosecuted in U.S. courts for crimes
committed overseas.

The judge said the issue should be heard at trial. The company is based in North Carolina.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:34 AM
    Well stated Delta! The judge should have his judge certification removed right when he refused to toss the charges. That is an unethical and crooked way of doing politics. It was rediculous to even bring up those charges on these soldiers, just to protect themselves and fellow soldiers. The terrorists killed our innocent people so we should kill them back, and maybe even invade Iraq. I would be tempted to take out the judge for not tossing out those charges, knowing the way he must be. It sounds like some of these government people must be wishing that the Iraqis would kill our soldiers, including these guards. I have a worse problem with the federal government and the way they run things than the state government.
  • by Delta Location: Greenville on Feb 17, 2009 at 04:41 PM
    There is no such thing as innocent in WAR! Its easy to say what you would have done if it where you. This is typical of a civilian. But when you are in country its about staying alive and keeping you fellow soilders alive. Everything else does not matter. Seems harse but so is WAR! No time to say should I or should I not! The only time allowed is action and sometimes it is a reaction, a reaction that keeps you alive for one more day. In my opinion these guys should not be charged. Any judge that attempts to charge a service member for murder should be shot in front of a firing squad. Its all about politics folks. It makes the government look good to throw one of their own under the bus from time to time.
  • by vet Location: usa on Feb 17, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    "Mercs," (mercenaries) are a highly paid, professional, hit squad. They are brave, courageous, and bold. A government contract does not give them the legal rite to kill. They are hired only to protect. At times, decisions can be crucial. The job is of their choice. The consequences are inevitable. Justice is justice, crime is crime, and truth is truth. Life miraculous and death is questionable. "Live by the gun, Die by the gun."

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