For more than a week, in a court hearing closed to the public, DOJ lawyers defended the prosecution of five Blackwater security guards charged in the fatal shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians who came under fire in a shoot-out in September 2007. On Nov. 20, Justice lawyers moved to dismiss without prejudice the charges against one of the defendants, Nicholas Slatten, in court papers that were filed under seal -- keeping the public in the dark. That didn't sit well with Slatten's lawyers.
Lawyers for Blackwater Agent Lodge Prosecution Misconduct Charge
The National Law Journal
December 2, 2009