I'm shocked and angry that the federal conviction of the police officers who shot at least five innocent people on the Danziger Bridge during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have been overturned, based on extensive federal (DoJ) prosecutor misconduct. You have to read the judge's 129 page decision to get the full, horrifying scope of what four federal prosecutors -- two from Louisiana, and two from Main Justice -- did to taint that trial.
Thus, a new trial, and the suffering of the victims' families will continue anew.
Danziger Bridge Convictions OverturnedThe judge's ruling here (WARNING: PDF).
A federal judge on Tuesday overturned the convictions of five New Orleans police officers tied to the shooting of unarmed civilians during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, finding that prosecutors in the case had engaged in “grotesque” misconduct.
In a blistering and meticulously detailed 129-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt found that federal prosecutors in New Orleans had anonymously posted damning online critiques of the accused officers and the New Orleans Police Department before and during the 2011 trial, a breach of professional ethics that had the effect of depriving the officers of their rights to a fair trial. The judge granted the officers’ request for a new trial.
“Re-trying this case is a very small price to pay in order to protect the validity of the verdict in this case, the institutional integrity of the Court, and the criminal justice system as a whole,” Judge Engelhardt wrote.
p.s. I have to head to bed, and apologize for not being able to interact in the comments. Just had not seen this, and wanted to post it.