United States v. Cannon (E.D. Va. Jan. 6, 2010)

January 11, 2010

* United States v. Cannon (E.D. Va. Jan. 6, 2010)

Federal prosecutors last week unsealed an indictment against two former Blackwater contractors who allegedly shot and killed two Afghan nationals (and wounded a third) in Kabul in May 2009.  The indictment asserts jurisdiction under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (the contract in question was a DOD contract to provide training to Afghan forces in the use and maintenance of weapons and weapons systems), and presents an array of murder, attempted murder, and firearms-related charges.  Details here: