Ex-cop wins prison change in Katrina killings case
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has approved a former New Orleans police officer's request for a transfer from a federal prison in California while he awaits a new trial in connection with fatal shootings after Hurricane Katrina.
Robert Faulcon is one of five ex-police officers who face a retrial on charges stemming from the 2005 shootings of unarmed civilians following the storm. His earlier conviction was overturned. He recently asked a judge for a transfer from a California maximum security prison to a New Orleans-area lockup where he could more easily consult with his defense team.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt approved the request Wednesday.