Stercutus wrote:While unrelated to the incidents in NOLA the other shoe seems to have dropped on these guys and this seemed a good a place as any to drop this in there.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10 ... rds-trial/Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, and a federal judge ordered them immediately to jail.
In an overwhelming victory for prosecutors, a jury found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder. The three other guards -- Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard -- were found guilty of multiple counts of voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and gun charges.
The four men had been charged with a combined 33 counts in the shootings and the jury was able to reach a verdict on all of them, with the exception of three charges against Heard. The prosecution agreed to drop those charges.
The outcome after a summer long trial and weeks of jury deliberation stunned the defense.....
You pull the trigger, you own those bullets for life. It does not matter who you are.
Most of us who have lived in the profession of arms for years or decades understand this. Buying a gun and learning how to use it does not give you any better judgment. If trained policemen, military and special operator washouts can screw the pooch so can you.
Indeed the Black Water case is exactly an example of accountability for your actions.
Here is an incident that took place outside of the sovereign jurisdiction of the US. Yet the players were called to judgement for their actions in Washington D.C.
The company and several company officers were indicted in addition to the actual shooters.
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014 ... trial.html
It is an interesting case on a lot of grounds.In 2010, prosecutors obtained indictments against former Blackwater president Gary Jackson and four others on felony firearms violations involving dozens of weapons. All charges against three of the accused were dismissed after a federal judge ruled to reduce several of the felony charges to misdemeanors. Jackson and the former company vice president admitted guilt on misdemeanor charges.
Last year, Academi settled federal criminal charges against the company, paying a $7.5 million fine for firearms violations. Academi also settled lawsuits brought by survivors of the Iraqi civilians killed during the Baghdad shooting.
I would note that US citizens can be held accountable for crimes committed in foreign jurisdictions. The most common use of this is to prosecute people for crimes committed on the high seas or in international air travel.