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Blackwater Trial

Jury Issues Guilty Verdicts For Blackwater Guards

AP | PETE YOST and SAM HANANEL and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incide...

Supreme Court Refuses Blackwater Appeal

AP | Posted 08.04.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court won't stop prosecutors from going after four Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a 2007 shooting that killed 17 Ir...

Judge shuts public access to Blackwater hearings

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday shut down public access to pretrial hearings in the prosecution of five Blackwater security guards for allegedly killing Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.

The hearings will delve into whether government investigators were tainted by statements the guards gave shortly after the shootings on Sept. 16, 2007, that killed 14 unarmed civilians.

The guards gave the statements during a preliminary State Department inquiry, under a limited grant of immunity from prosecution, meaning the statements could not be used in the subsequent investigation that resulted in criminal charges.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina said he wants to shield witnesses and potential jurors from pretrial publicity.

In court on Wednesday, Urbina rejected a request by The Washington Post to open the proceedings, saying the rights of the five guards to a fair trial outweighed the public's interest in attending the proceedings.

Accused Guards Blur Line between Blackwater and Military

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brandon Friedman

I've just come from a website which is designed to provide positive publicity for the accused former guards. It's also one of the most disingenuous, inappropriate things I've seen in a good while.

Blackwater Shootings Case Moved To Washington DC

AP | LARA JAKES JORDAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Five Blackwater Worldwide guards charged with the unprovoked shooting that killed 14 innocent Iraqis and wounded dozens of others i...

Report: Five Blackwater Guards Indicted In Iraq Shooting That Left 17 Dead

AP | MATT APUZZO and LARA JAKES JORDAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Five Blackwater Worldwide security guards have been indicted and a sixth was negotiating a plea with prosecutors for a 2007 shootin...