THE PLANK OCTOBER 31, 2007
The New York Times today briefly attempts to clarify the murky issue of Blackwater's immunity deal with the State Department. According to the Times, Blackwater was offered a special type of immunity called a Garrity Warning, typically offered to law enforcement officials who may have done something illegal. Technically, the Garrity Warning, seen here, does state "[a]nything I say may be used against me in any subsequent department
charges." But as the Times points out, "this form of limited immunity does not bar
a criminal prosecution but is seldom granted in a case in which a
criminal prosecution is likely."
P.S. The original Garrity case
involved police officers. As private contractors, it seems somewhat
dubious that Blackwater employees would even be eligible for a Garrity
Warning. Any lawyers out there who know more about this are welcome to
elaborate in the comments section.