2 Blackwater jurors raise pay issues

AP News
Posted: Sep 24, 2014 11:17 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has arranged for two jurors to get legal help to ensure they are paid by their employers during a lengthy criminal trial of Blackwater security guards.

Four ex-Blackwater guards have been on trial since June 17 in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqi citizens seven years ago in Baghdad. Jury deliberations began September 2nd and are continuing.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth says one of the jurors hasn't been paid by her employer since the first two weeks of the trial.

Under federal law, employers are forbidden from intimidating or coercing employees regarding their jury service. Lamberth says he appointed an attorney to take whatever action is necessary to protect the rights of the two jurors.