Judge: No Misconduct Finding In Blackwater Case

A federal judge has opted not to slap the Justice Department with a finding of prosecutorial misconduct for mishandling the manslaughter case against Blackwater Worldwide security guards.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina says prosecutors distorted testimony, violated its policies and withheld evidence during an investigation into a deadly 2007 shooting in Iraq. Urbina threw out all charges against the five security contractors from the NC based company late last month. The company is now known as XE.

But in a ruling Tuesday, Urbina said he wouldn't take what he called the "extreme" step of prohibiting prosecutors from reviving the case.

Had Urbina ruled that prosecutors committed misconduct, it could have triggered an internal investigation and led to sanctions against the prosecutors.

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  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Jan 20, 2010 at 03:12 AM
    Why is that the government can operate by a double standard and we as Americans cannot? The Justice Department DID make ANOTHER mistake and they need to be held accountable for their actions.
  • by voter Location: nc on Jan 19, 2010 at 07:00 PM
    is this the same collection of government morons currently prosecuting the navy seals for giving the terrorist a split lip? your tax dollars at work. don't it make ya proud?
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Jan 19, 2010 at 06:21 PM
    These Blackwater guards were facing years in prison and now it is revealed the Justice Department was essentially lying...forget about "prosecutorial misconduct," let's put these government lawyers in prison. That is the only way to teach them not to do this again. It may be you or I they go after next time.
  • by just me Location: Bayboro on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:41 PM
    We are in a war and there will always be some collateral damage. It is not good but it happens. Black water does a good job. Leave them alone.

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