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Blackwater Seeks Gag Order

On July 20, the company's…lawyers from Mayer Brown…filed a motion in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to impose a gag order on Iraqi civilians suing [Blackwater]. The motion also seeks to silence the lawyers representing the families of Iraqis allegedly killed or injured by Blackwater in a series of violent incidents spanning several years…The July 20 motion…specifically seeks to prohibit statements to "the national and local news media."…Blackwater is also asking Judge Ellis to seal evidence that Blackwater claims is confidential or could impact national security.

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