Since 2007, the United States government has been unjustly pursing four decorated veterans for war-zone crimes they did not commit. After days of deliberation, Nick Slatten’s third jury somehow reached a guilty verdict on December 19, 2018. We will likely never know how 12 people following the jury instructions they were given could justify that outcome to themselves in light of the overwhelming evidence of Nick’s innocence, but we are preparing for the fight ahead to address the erroneous legal rulings and prosecutorial misconduct that we believe tainted the proceedings, misled the jury, and caused them to reach a verdict that—if it stands—will send an innocent man to prison for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty, and Paul Slough are sitting in federal prison without valid sentences after being convicted by a civilian jury that was denied access to critical evidence of their innocence. This website tells their stories and explains our fight to #FreeRaven23. Visit our Blog for the most recent updates on Nick's case 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 the case after the joint 2014 trial - a great quick reference piece! For the specifics of Nick’s case and additional rights violations applicable to all four men revealed after the joint trial, check out our Vindictive Prosecution and Perjured Testimony pages. Unpaid, independent legal and use-of-force experts have also reviewed our case and agree that all four men should be freed; read their findings on our Independent Reviews page.
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.