Father of Kia's Driver Courageously Refuses to Help Government Convict an Innocent Man

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All we have ever wanted is TRUE justice. The truth: Paul Slough shot and killed the driver of the white Kia in self-defense when the driver failed to stop his vehicle (despite numerous non-lethal attempts, pursuant to the proper escalation of force, to get him to do so). Following the incident, Paul immediately and forthrightly admitted numerous times to the truth of what happened.

Paul's statements were required by his contract and, therefore, could not be introduced in any legal proceeding involving Paul. As a result of the trial court's mishandling of the case--by not granting Nick Slatten a separate trial where the jury could hear the truth--Nick was wrongly convicted of the premeditated first-degree murder of someone he did not shoot, let alone kill.  This is why, in 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Nick a new trial, so the evidence of Nick's innocence could be heard by his jury. And, as a testament to his character, Paul stands ready, willing, and able to testify in Nick's retrial if needed.

What we've only recently learned is that, despite the government's representations to the public . . . and the court . . . and the grand juries . . . and the jury that wrongly convicted Nick (and Paul, and Dustin, and Evan), the government itself actually told the father of the Kia's driver the truth about who killed his son. And, when the government recently asked him to testify against Nick, this man--who owes Nick nothing and who has tragically lost his son and his wife--courageously refused to participate in the "play" that is Nick's retrial.

As a recent court filing by Nick's attorneys explains,

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the government disclosed an extraordinary document that reveals the truth about the government’s prosecution of Nicholas Slatten. On June 3, 2018, FBI personnel met for approximately three hours with the father of the young man whom Mr. Slatten is charged with killing, [Dr.] Al-Rubaie, in an attempt to convince him to testify against Mr. Slatten at the upcoming trial. The next day, Dr. Al-Rubaie sent government agents an e-mail declining to testify that stated in part:

History is important: as I read in several newspapers and had been told and talked more than once to US teams, I met in the green zone in Baghdad, that Paul Slough had killed my son and Jeremy Ridgeway had killed my wife. The first had clearly confessed in a protected statement within hours of the incident and the latter pleaded guilty on Friday, in U.S. District Court in Washington to voluntary manslaughter and attempting to commit manslaughter and is cooperating with the government.

This run true for several years. Changing these charges to others, a serious and risky drift, may put doubts on the honesty of these trials.

As far as the US DOJ ignored the significance of informing me with these horrible events, I believe those persons are capable of achieving their targets without engaging me in this play.

Dr. Al-Rubaie’s courageous e-mail leaves no doubt that U.S. government agents told him in meetings in the Green Zone that Paul Slough was the person who killed his son.

And, after all these years, FINALLY, the truth--from an unexpected source and in an unexpected way that highlights just how vindictive the government's prosecution of Nick has been. We are currently awaiting a ruling on what this critical disclosure means for Nick's case. 

You can read Nick's legal filing HERE and the referenced email HERE.

Matthew 10:26: So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.

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