Skip to comments.U.S. to Appeal Blackwater Decision
Posted on 01/23/2010 7:19:47 AM PST by John W
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. will appeal a court decision dismissing manslaughter charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security contractors involved in a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday.
Biden's announcement after a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani shows just how diplomatically sensitive the incident remains nearly three years later.
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The wife was just wondering where Biden was, haven’t heard much from foot in mouth lately. You can always count on a donk to show up for the wrong team and Biden is a long term donk
He is going to make Dan Quale sound like William F. Buckley!!
Is that an intentional reference to “Married with Children”?
Yes. Bud Bundy eat your heart out! Gaffemaster B is a star!
Close on the heels of Rahm E’s statement that the 1st Amendment (free speech) is over-rated, here’s another of Obamie’s Commies telling us that double jeopardy (ad infinitim until the commies get the verdict they want) is just fine, too.
Pretty soon they’ll bring back trial by dunking.
Once again, this administration shows the lack of sensitivity for US citizens who have decided that even waterboarding is probably to good for our enemies. This is war, Joe. Even though you seem to agree with “marsha” coakley, there really are people who want to see every US citizen dead.
Wouldn’t an appeal be double jeopardy?
obama is a tool, surrounded by the enemy making policy.
we are screwed.
**** you plugs.
What a moron. Whose side is he on, anyway?
Dan Quayle was set up.
Well, we know that under Obama’s imperial rule, Biden can’t blow his nose without permission, although he manages an occasional gaffe anyway.
So, clearly he was told to make this announcement, because they knew it would be very unpopular, so Obama didn’t want to take credit, especially in a dismal week like this.
Joe: Please be sure your AG does not violate the terrorists rights so they get a dismissal. That would be stupid.
Although the GOP should never be underestimated for their
ability to screw up an election, these idiots in the White
House are making it all too lose their majority in November.
The last thing on the minds of the voters is pursuing
Blackwater Worldwide security contractors.
Recently, the American government is increasingly turning against its own people. The marines and currently the navy seals both come to mind. This conduct by the governors, if persisted in, releases the citizenry from their obligations towards those holding office. In short, we can legitimately take them out naked.
No. The Supreme Court has held that Jeopardy only attaches when a case is dismissed solely on the defendant's guilt or innocence. See US v. Scott.
I would add that the one exception to that rule is prosecutorial misconduct. If a case is dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct prior to jury being empaneled, or before a verdict has been reached, then jeopardy would attach. That wasn’t the case here. In this instance, the Court found that the evidence collected was in violation of defendants constitutional rights, but he didn’t find prosecutorial misconduct.
u need to read up exactly how the Quayle spelling thing went down
it was classic screw up by the school folks pounced on by the lefty media
Quayle was guilty of reading the school’s spelling chart they gave him and not recognizing the school had misspelled
I doubt an appeal will be successful.
Don’t you think it is possible that the school had already sorted out a misspelled card to give to Quayle?
Yeah, they probably sent the TOTUS along with Biden to give him some help.
We will over come this along with all the other progressive crap that has happened...
This joker may be POTUS based on the biggest Con Man Ever’s (0’s) first year.
Generally the prosecution is permitted to appeal rulings pretrial that throw out all or a critical part of their case. For instance the Barry Bonds case the judge threw out most of the prosecution’s evidence pretrial and this is now on appeal.
Fact: These contractors broke no laws. When it became clear that they broke no laws, the Bush Justice Dept. decided to go fishing and wound up charging them, incredibly, with the illegal overseas use of automatic weapons. The only problem with this is that the automatic weapons used were the same ones issued to them by the United States Government.
Fact: The reason why the initial uproar began was because the Islamists and their quisling fan club Western media told the incredible story that this was an "unprovoked attack" by Blackwater on "innocent bystanders." As if it's even conceivable that the security personnel just decided to exit their vehicles and commence firing on woman and children onlookers. But that was the story, and they went with it.
Fact: The contention that the convoy wasn't attacked has been exploded when further evidence (including real-time radio transmissions) came to light that showed it clearly were attacked. It was the convoy that was the victim of an "unprovoked attack," not the other way around.
Fact: A forensic investigation showed that the bullets extracted from "bystanders" could not have come from the contractors weapons. That's right, the contractor didn't shoot the bystanders. But hey, lets not let facts get in the way of a good political hanging.
Fact: The evidence (or lack thereof) that the Islamists and their media pamphleteers hold up was the lack of enemy shell casings found on the scene. What they neglect to mention is that there was no collection of evidence at the scene until several days after the fact. Gee, ya think it's possible for shell casings to disappear from the scene after several days?
W was pretty good at going after border guards.
If this ever gets to trial I hope the defense lawyers point out that,given the court’s decision to throw it out,this prosecution is purely political.That would be a pretty powerful argument anywhere but DC,Manhattan or San Francisco.
This administration has no shame, and certainly no honor!
Okay, something else I've ALWAYS wondered. Who were the guards guarding? Granted they'd have to be high up VIP's that "weren't there" since they were EYEWITNESSES. maybe they were NOC, but no matter, even IF you're CIA or some other alphabet soup entity you might think they were kinda happy they weren't killed. Eh, loose lips and all that rot.
I wonder if this is a signal that if they are convicted, that -18bama won’t consider pardoning them. /sarc
First thing that popped into my head...double jeopardy.
They’re just appealing the dismissal, same charge. Though it’s perfectly legal, my double jeopardy problem would arise with recharging them with civil rights violations.
Glad for the explanation. If Holder is involved, I expect the worst for a US citizen.
From a Yahoo article, "White House officials said the U.S. Justice Department decided on the appeal and that Biden's trip was not intended to be way it would be announced."
I'd say "Chinese Fire Drill", but nowadays, it's "Obama administration fire drill"!
In a splendidly one-sided story on this tonight on ABC World News, the anchor described the dismissal as being “on a technicality”.
The fact that they are connected with the hated U.S. military doubles the ferocity with which the Obama administration will keep them in the crosshairs.
Not only is the U.S. economy being destroyed, our military is being attacked and demoralized so that it can be changed to an International Meals on Wheels force.........and Peace Patrolers for Humanity.
Obsessed persecution of these contractors is just another instance of cold human sacrifice taking place along the road during our country's forced march to oblivion.
Dismissal is a finding of no guilt or no substantial evidence.
To overturn that is to return to trial, thus, double-jeopardy.
This is a 5th amendment and then fruit of the poisonous tree issue. I think it will be really tough to overturn if the case is judged on the legal merits and not mere politics.
The charges are crap anyway. In addition to the regular charges they were charged with using a machine gun in the crime. Then why doesn't somebody charge the State Dept who got them the clearances to bring those weapons into Iraq?
We found a witch! ;)
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