December 31, 2009

PAUL CASSELL ON THOSE DISMISSED BLACKWATER CHARGES: “In my view, the charges should never have been filed. The prosecutors made novel use of federal criminal statutes, including charging the contractors with heavy mandatory minimum sentences for use of firearms (i.e., machineguns) in the commission of a crime of violence. The dismissal is long overdue.” I suspect the decision to prosecute had political overtones.