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Government: Case against a Blackwater guard in jeopardy

The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.Nicholas Slatten and three other former Blackwater guards are charged in the Sept. 16, 2007, killings of 14 Iraqi citizens and the wounding of 18 others.On Thursday, federal prosecutors said an appeals court ruling earlier this month has effectively terminated the manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and weapons charges against Slatten, who is described by prosecutors in court papers as one of the lead participants in the shootings.If the appeals court decision is allowed to stand, Slatten will have received an unjustified windfall that will deprive the public of the ability to hold him accountable for his conduct, said the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., which is handling the case. The government is seeking a rehearing of the issue in the a...

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    State Department officials have reportedly granted several Blackwater employees immunity from prosecution in its case of last month's deadly shootings of 17 Iraqi ci...

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    Iraq's Interior Ministry has expanded its investigation into incidents involving Blackwater USA security guards amid the furor following a shooting that claimed at l...

  2. Iraqi Victims' Families Sue Blackwater USA

    Families of Iraqis who died in a shooting involving Blackwater USA contractors in Baghdad have sued the company, saying the firm violated U.S. law and fostered a cul...

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  4. 'Special Report' Panel on Blackwater USA

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  6. 'Special Report' Panel on Blackwater USA

    This is a rush transcript of "Special Report With Brit Hume" from October 2, 2007. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)REP. H...

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