Officers challenge prosecutor in bridge shootings

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Lawyers for five former New Orleans police officers who won new trials in connection with deadly shootings after Hurricane Katrina are raising questions about when a federal prosecutor learned of a colleague's anonymous online postings.

In September, a judge said postings by Karla Dobinski were among the reasons he granted a new trial to officers convicted in the "Danziger Bridge" case. Defense lawyers asked Thursday to have prosecutor Bobbi Bernstein questioned about whether she knew about Dobinski's posts before they were made known to the court on May 15.

Their motion says Bernstein should be disqualified from the case if she knew about the postings and failed to reveal that to the court.

The Justice Department issued a statement saying it will respond to the allegations "in the appropriate forum."

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