Convicted Blackwater Guards’ Families Respond to Sentencing

Convicted Blackwater Guards’ Families Respond to Sentencing

The families of the four convicted guards, highly-decorated veterans who vehemently maintain their own innocence, are gravely disappointed that the judge did not accept their argument that the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment renders the sentences imposed unconstitutional. While still upholding the weapons charge with a 30 year mandatory minimum, the Judge did exercise his discretion to provide the most lenient sentence of thirty years and a day. The families of Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard still contend that upholding the mandatory minimum sentence is patently cruel and unusual in light of the complete lack of forensic evidence tying any defendant to any alleged victim. 

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