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Court Reverses Blackwater Convictions

A panel of federal judges overturned the sentences of three members of Blackwater International, the North Carolina-based security firm, for their role in the shooting of Iraqi civilians in 2007. The incident, which took place on a busy Baghdad street, killed or injured 31 persons. The New York Times reported that the three contractors – Dustin L. Heard, Evan S. Liberty and Paul A. Slough – likely would receive new trials or sharply reduced sentences. Lawyers for the three men had contended during their trial that insurgents shared culpability for the deaths and injuries. Blackwater has since changed its name, and is now known as Academi.