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Judge denies new trial request for Blackwater contractors involved in 2007 Iraq shooting  | Newser

Judge denies new trial request for Blackwater contractors involved in 2007 Iraq shooting  | Newser

A federal judge won’t give a new trial to four former security contractors convicted in a mass shooting of Iraqi civilians in 2007.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth denied the request in an order dated Tuesday, saying the “weight of evidence is heavily against the men.”

The guards — State Department contractors for the Blackwater Worldwide security firm — were convicted last year in federal court and given long prison sentences in April.

Source: Judge denies new trial request for Blackwater contractors involved in 2007 Iraq shooting – 11/11/2015 10:25:59 AM | Newser