Judge: Katrina case's leaks are "serious business"

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge says he is determined to identify the source of leaked information about the Justice Department's probe of deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said Wednesday that it appears federal prosecutors didn't conduct a "full-blown investigation" after news reports in 2010 forecast a former police officer's guilty plea while the case was under seal.

Attorneys for five former officers convicted of charges stemming from the shootings claim leaks to the media deprived their clients of a fair trial. They're asking Engelhardt to order a new trial.

The judge didn't rule on that request but said the leaks are "serious business" warranting greater scrutiny. He ordered prosecutors to compile a report on their efforts to investigate the leaks.

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