April 29 hearing set as US seeks to reinstate convictions of ex-cops in post-Katrina shootings


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NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has set an April 29 hearing date in the case of five former New Orleans police officers charged in connection with deadly shootings in the days after Hurricane Katrina.

Four of the men are charged in deadly shootings at the Danziger Bridge in the storm-struck city. A fifth is charged in the cover-up.

They were convicted in federal court in 2011. But, but the convictions were later thrown out by a U.S. District judge who said leaks to media and anonymous online postings by prosecutors tainted the case. The officers remain in jail pending a new trial.

At the appeals court, federal lawyers will argue that the convictions should be reinstated.

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