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Posted September 26. 2017 1:42PM

U.S. appeals court setting aside Blackwater verdict that jailed Rochester mercenary for decades

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Former Blackwater security contractor Evan S. Liberty of Rochester, N.H., was found guilty of eight counts of voluntary manslaughter, 12 counts of attempted manslaughter, and one firearms offense for his role in a 2007 Iraq massacre. (Reuters)

The U.S. Justice Department asked a full federal appeals court Monday to review a decision to throw out the first-degree murder conviction of one former Blackwater Worldwide security guard and the sentences of three others in shootings that killed 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007.