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Judge Throws Out Death Squad Convictions of Cops Due To Prosecutorial Misconduct

• Jonathan Turley
We previously discussed the scandal involving federal prosecutors in New Orleans posting public comments attacking defendants and targets on various websites. That earlier scandal led to the discovery of even more widespread misconduct and yesterday to the overturning of a major prosecution of police officers. Describing the conduct of the Justice Department lawyers as “grotesque,” U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ordered a new trial for officers accused of deadly shootings at the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent cover-up.

The 129-page order below identifies “unprecedented events and acts” of misconduct by prosecutors. It also details how the Justice Department resisted the court’s efforts to discover the truth about these allegations. In the end, the Court ordered a re-trial for former police officers Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso as well as Arthur Kaufman, who was convicted of orchestrating the cover-up after being assigned to investigate the shooting.

Engelhardt called for a criminal probe of former prosecutors Sal Perricone and Jan Mann and found a pattern of misconduct within the federal prosecutors.”....


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