5th Circuit upholds conviction of N.O. ex-cop
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and 20-month sentence of a former New Orleans police officer found guilty of lying about the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside the city's convention center following Hurricane Katrina.
A jury convicted Ronald Mitchell of obstruction of justice and perjury for lying under oath when he said he left his patrol car after shooting 45-year-old Danny Brumfield and checked for a pulse. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed the district court's ruling.
Mitchell shot and killed Brumfield outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, but wasn't charged in the September 2005 shooting. A grand jury indicted him in 2010 on charges he lied about the shooting's circumstances during a deposition for a civil lawsuit filed by Brumfield's widow.