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Feds don't oppose freeing ex-cop pending retrial

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors aren't opposed to freeing a retired New Orleans police sergeant from prison while he awaits a new trial on charges stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.      

In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors said one of the reasons they aren't challenging Arthur Kaufman's bond request is that he didn't fire a gun on the Danziger Bridge when police shot and killed two unarmed people and wounded four others.         

Kaufman is one of five former officers whose convictions were thrown out last week by a judge who ruled the case had been tainted by "grotesque prosecutorial misconduct."    

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt sentenced Kaufman to six years in prison after jurors convicted him of participating in a cover-up to make the shootings appear justified.

 

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