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Judge acquits cop of stomping victim in Katrina bridge shootings

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Posted: Oct 20, 2011 2:28 PM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has overturned portions of a jury's verdict against five current or former police officers convicted of civil rights violations in deadly shootings on a New
Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

In his ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said jurors didn't hear sufficient evidence to convict Sgt. Kenneth Bowen of a charge he stomped on 40-year-old Ronald Madison, a mentally disabled man, after another officer shot and fatally wounded him on the Danziger Bridge after the 2005 storm.

Engelhardt also found insufficient evidence to convict four officers of conspiring to falsely prosecute shooting victim Jose Holmes, who wasn't arrested or charged with wrongdoing.

But the judge upheld the majority of the officers' convictions in August and rejected defense attorneys' bids for a new trial.

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