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Attorneys for former Blackwater guard Nicholas Slatten walk away from the U.S. District Court in Washington, October 22, 2014. Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters
U.S. court upends murder conviction of Blackwater contractor

A federal appeals court today overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater security contractor, ordering a new trial for the man prosecutors say fired the first shots in the 2007 slayings of 14 Iraqi civilians.

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