World Aug 04

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.

Nation Apr 14

Ex-guards sentenced for Iraq shootings plan appeal

WASHINGTON — Defense lawyers are vowing to appeal the convictions of four former Blackwater security guards after a federal judge handed down lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.

Jul 03

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Former Blackwater guard testifies against friends

WASHINGTON — Former Blackwater security guard Matthew Murphy and now-indicted ex-colleague Paul Slough were friends, having survived the war in Iraq together, creating a bond that under different circumstances might have lasted a lifetime.

Jun 09

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7 years later, Blackwater guards go on trial

WASHINGTON — After years of delays, four former guards from the security firm Blackwater Worldwide are facing trial in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians and the wounding of 18 others in bloodshed that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe.