Saturday, January 2, 2010
Prosecutorial conduct results in dismissal of charges... again
2009 may have been a record year for reported cases regarding prosecutorial misconduct. If you go to my section on Prosecutors (here) you will find a list of examples from the past few months. And now you should add this piece of news to the list: Citing repeated government missteps, a D.C. Federal District Court Judge has dismissed all charges against several Blackwater guards who were accused of voluntary manslaughter and various serious firearms offenses in connection with a September 16, 2007 shooting of civilians in Baghdad. For more on the story go here and here. The case is US v Slough (available here).