NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Justice Department prosecutors are asking a federal appeals court again to reinstate guilty verdicts against five former New Orleans police officers on charges connected to deadly shootings that followed Hurricane Katrina.
Four were convicted in the shootings at the Danziger bridge a week after the 2005 storm. A fifth ex-cop was convicted in a cover-up.
But their convictions were thrown out by a federal judge who cited misconduct, including prosecutors' anonymous online postings that he said tainted the judicial process.
Prosecutors said there was no evidence the verdict itself was tainted.
But, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the judge in a 2-1 ruling. Prosecutors now want a rehearing from the full 15-member court.