A federal judge has dismissed criminal charges against five guards working for the security firm Blackwater who were accused of killing 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians. The killings strained US-Iraq relations and sparked an outcry over the military's use of private contractors.
Judge Ricardo Urbina said US Justice Department prosecutors improperly built their case on sworn statements that had been given under a promise of immunity. The judge did not rule on the substance of the charges against the security guards. As government contractors, the Blackwater employees were required to speak to an investigator after a shooting.
Jan Schakowsky, ----- said she was dismayed by the news. ''A question I've been asking for a long time is, 'Can these private military contractors actually get away with murder?' This indicates that the answer is yes.''
Asked by Anonymous at 6:32 PM on Jan. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:46 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
The prosecutions lack of foresight and adherence to protocols is the embarrassment!
Answer by Anonymous at 6:50 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
Judge Ricardo Urbina said US Justice Department prosecutors improperly built their case on sworn statements that had been given under a promise of immunity.
This happens in many criminal trials where OTHER criminals are given reduced sentences for testifying against other criminals....which means they have OBVIOUS credibility issues
'Can these private military contractors actually get away with murder?' This indicates that the answer is yes.'' Very disturbing
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:21 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
Answer by mommy_lisa25 at 9:12 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 11:47 PM on Jan. 1, 2010
Answer by Koukla12905 at 8:33 AM on Jan. 2, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 9:04 AM on Jan. 2, 2010
Answer by BlueCollarMama at 10:21 AM on Jan. 2, 2010
The prosecution must not have have any other evidence besides the word of the terrorists they gave immunity to. Therefore, the embarrassment is theirs. Many of you forget the defense is not the one with the burden of proof, that would be the prosecution. Defense does not have to do anything at all if the prosecution hands them the reasonable doubt on a silver platter such as they would have with this case.
Answer by Anonymous at 10:24 AM on Jan. 2, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:25 AM on Jan. 2, 2010
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