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U.S. Department of Justice Press Conference on Blackwater Indictment

 

Background

 

[] Five former Blackwater Worldwide security guards indicted on voluntary manslaughter and other charges in connection with killings in Iraq were released on their own recognizance Monday after a court hearing. The charges, which the Justice Department announced Monday, stem from a September 16, 2007, shooting that killed 17 Iraqis in a Baghdad square. A judge ordered the ex-guards to appear for another court hearing in Washington on January 6. The 35-count indictment charges each of the former guards with 14 counts of manslaughter, 20 counts of attempted manslaughter and one count of using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. Prosecutors do not believe they have enough evidence to bring manslaughter charges on three of the 17 deaths. []

 

Excerpt of a CNN article from December 8th, 2008.

Five Blackwater defendants in court

 

The Video

 

 

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Defendants Slatten, Slough, Ball & their attorneys

Nick Slatten (left) & Paul Slough

Donald Ball (left) & attorney

Slatten, Ball & attorneys

Video & Photo Credits

 

The Video

 

1) The video shows an excerpt of the official press conference from the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C., during which the charges against the five Blackwater employees were announced to the meida and the public. It was produced and aired on December 8th, 2008 by the Cable Network News (CNN).

 

Background

 

1) Blackwater Worldwide security guards, middle row from left, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Donald Ball, Nick Slatten and Dustin Heard appear in federal court with their attorneys in front of them in this artist's drawing in Salt Lake City. The five were indicted for the 2007 shooting of Iraqi civilians. - December 8th, 2008 - Scott Snow/Associated Press;

 

The Accused

 

1) Blackwater Worldwide security guards, Paul Slough, right and Nick Slatten leave federal court in Salt Lake City. - December 8th, 2008 - Douglas C. Pizac/Associated Press;

 

2) Blackwater Worldwide security guard Donald Ball, left, and his attorney, Steven McCool, arrive to federal court to surrender in Salt Lake City. - December 8th, 2008 - Douglas C. Pizac/Associated Press;

 

3) Former Blackwater Worldwide security guards Nick Slatten (2nd left) and Donald Ball (3rd left), arrive with their lawyers at the U.S. District Court before surrendering to authorities in Salt Lake City, Utah. Five former Blackwater guards were indicted for their roles in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that claimed the lives of 17 Iraqi civilians. - December 8th, 2008 - Chris Detrick/Reuters;

 

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