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Posted at 3:58 PM ET, 12/31/2009

Case against Blackwater guards dismissed

By Washington Post editors


A federal judge has dimissed the case against five Blackwater Worldwide Security guards who faced manslaughter and other charges in connection with the killing of 14 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in September 2007.

The guards' attorneys had contended that the government did not have jurisdiction to bring such charges and that the guards' conduct was justified. In November, the Justice Department said it would drop charges against one of the guards. A sixth guard pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and is expected to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

We'll post more details as they become available.

By Washington Post editors  | December 31, 2009; 3:58 PM ET
Tags:  Blackwater Worldwide Security  
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