The DOJ's decision to appeal the dismissal of charges in the Blackwater manslaughter case is drawing rebuke from the criminal defense lawyers who represent the accused guards. In December, Judge Ricardo Urbina lashed the DOJ for its mishandling of the prosecution of the guards, who were charged in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians in a Baghdad gunfight in 2007. But Urbina declined to dismiss the indictment with prejudice last week, which would have barred the pursuit of a new indictment against the guards.
Defense Lawyers in Blackwater Case Dismayed Over DOJ Appeal
The National Law Journal
January 26, 2010