Unprovoked gunfire and grenades killed 14 innocent Iraqis and hurt dozens more in a 2007 Baghdad attack, prosecutors said Monday in announcing charges with mandatory 30-year prison terms against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards. After more than a year of investigative missteps, the DOJ faces stiff challenges to the evidence and legal grounds at the heart of its case. Most importantly, prosecutors must prove they did not rely on protected statements the guards gave to investigators soon after the shootings.
Blackwater Shootings of Iraqis Unprovoked, Say Prosecutors
The Associated Press
December 9, 2008