Former US Blackwater Guards Sentenced For 2007 Iraqi Massacre –PLUS– Last Resort Effort To Halt Execution Of 42yr Old Black American

Blackwater Guards prison

Photo above:  former Blackwater security guards, from left: Paul A. Slough, Dustin L. Heard, Nicholas A. Slatten and Evan S. Liberty

Reuters News    Posted Mon., Apr.13, 2015

A federal judge sentenced four former Blackwater security guards to lengthy prison terms on Monday in the 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqis, closing a chapter of the U.S. war in Iraq that tested relations between the two countries.

Nicholas Slatten was sentenced to life in prison for his murder conviction in the killings at a Baghdad traffic circle.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced three other former Blackwater guards, convicted of manslaughter in the killings, to 30 years each.

The four guards opened fire with machine guns and grenade launchers on the unarmed Iraqi civilians, including women and children, at Nisur Square on Sept. 16, 2007. A heavily armed, four-truck Blackwater Worldwide convoy had been trying to clear a path for U.S. diplomats.

In addition to the killings, at least 17 Iraqis were injured.

Slatten was convicted in October, along with ex-guards Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard.

North Carolina-based Blackwater was sold and renamed several times. It is now called Academi, based in northern Virginia.

Reuters Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Doina Chiacu     Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/13/us-usa-blackwater-sentence-idUSKBN0N425320150413

 

Last Resort Efforts To Halt Execution Of 42yr Old Black American.

PRESS TV          Posted Mon., Apr.13, 2015

Efforts are underway in the US to halt execution of an African American in St. Louis County, the jurisdiction that covers Ferguson, where unarmed African American Michael Brown was shot dead last summer by a white cop who walked free.

The county expects execution of 42-year-old Andre Cole who will be killed by lethal injection at 6 pm local time on Tuesday following his conviction by an all-white jury.

andre-coleCole is set to be executed for murdering a man in a fight over having to pay child support back in 1998.

Elimination of all three potential black jurors has prompted activists to denounce Missouri’s jury selection process, calling on Governor Jay Nixon to halt the execution.

The organizations that pursue the matter include Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

“This is a national problem,” Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the ACLU office in St. Louis told the Associated Press on Monday. “The criminal justice system in this country is unfair. It targets persons of color. It treats the African-American community differently.”

One of the black candidates was removed from the jury poll because he was divorced while a white juror was not eliminated even though he was paying child support, Mittman said.

Joseph Luby, Cole’s attorney, has filed three appeals with the US Supreme Court with one claiming that his client suffers from psychosis.

“He hears voices over the TV, over the prison intercom, everywhere,” Luby said. “He believes that Governor Nixon, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch and others are giving him messages about his case.”

Contrary to Luby’s remarks, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled last week that Cole was competent for execution.

Ferguson became scene of protests after a grand jury’s decision not to charge 28-year-old Darren Wilson for killing Brown.

The protests, which turned nationwide, slammed brutality and racial profiling by police in the United States.

Source: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/04/13/406157/Another-St-Louis-black-man-to-die

About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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