#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:WASHINGTON:April.15: Defense lawyers will appeal the convictions of four former Blackwater security guards who were handed down lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.
The basis of an appeal will include vindictive prosecution and whether State Department contractors could be charged under a federal law that covers the overseas crimes of Defense Department civilian employees, AP said.
US District Judge Royce Lamberth on Monday sentenced former guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in the shootings that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others.
Nicholas Slatten, who fired the first shots in crowded Nisour Square, was found guilty of first-degree murder. The three other guards — Paul Slough, 35, of Keller, Texas; Evan Liberty,32, of Rochester, N.H., and Dustin Heard, 33, of Knoxville, Tenn. — were convicted of multiple…
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