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A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard sentenced to life in prison in the killings of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007. The court also ordered resentencings for three others convicted in the case. The September 2007 shootings fomented deep resentments about the accountability of American security forces during one of the bloodiest periods of the Iraq War. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit panel ruled that the trial court “abused its discretion” in not allowing Nicholas A. Slatten, 33, of Sparta, Tenn., to be tried separately from his three co-defendants, even though he alone faced a murder charge for firing what prosecutors said were the first shots in the civilian massacre.
originally posted by: GrantedBail
a reply to: xuenchen
What? It is factual. The convictions were overturned.
The deterrent effect of the original convictions was big - it deterred mercenaries from recklessly killing innocent civilians, which deterred things like Blackwater/Academi from hiring them and saying "don't worry, you can't be convicted", which deterred politicians from using them to mop up the effects of aggressive wars.