After nearly four years of serving a life sentence for a war-zone crime he did not commit, Nick Slatten is currently receiving a long-awaited retrial in which evidence of his innocence--evidence that was hidden from his original jury--will be introduced and become public. We are confident that this retrial will result in Nick's acquittal and are keeping the faith that revelations during Nick's retrial will assist Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty, and Paul Slough in their fight for true justice, as these men have yet to receive any relief from their wrongful convictions. This website tells their stories and explains our fight to #FreeRaven23. Visit our Blog for the most recent updates on Nick's retrial and our FAQ page to see how you can help.
After viewing our video, scroll down to review a handy infographic with the basics of our case - a great quick reference piece!
No verdict this week. The jury will begin deliberations again on Monday at 10EST
On September 16th, 2007, Paul Slough, Dustin Heard, Nick Slatten and Evan Liberty set out with 15 of their Blackwater teammates as part of Tactical Support Team Raven 23, to secure a busy square in Baghdad's Red Zone. Blackwater, under contract with the U.S. Department of State, was responsible for diplomatic security in the country of Iraq.
The Incident ›
Directly after the event the Iraqi Police flooded the scene, reportedly performing an investigation, but according to an Iraqi witness, also removing "pillow case sized bags" of bullet casings. According to the FBI, no such bags were ever received. It was not, and is still not, uncommon for the insurgents to quickly remove any weapons, shell casings
The Investigation ›
In order to get a conviction on the charges, one should normally have to prove without a reasonable doubt that the defendant did in fact kill or injure the victim, the victim exists, and that the defendant could not have been acting in self defense. The evidence more than creates reasonable doubt. However, this is where legal gymnastics come into play.
The Trial ›
Anyone visiting this website should know that each of the four defendants in this case unequivocally maintains his innocence, and although multiple plea deals have been offered, none have ever been given consideration.