N.O. cop asks judge to quash indictment

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Posted: Mar 15, 2011 12:29 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: New Orleans, police officer, Hurricane Katrina, Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, immunity deal, Danziger Bridge, WBRZ

NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer charged in deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina is asking a judge to dismiss his indictment, claiming prosecutors tainted the

A defense attorney's court filing Monday says the state and federal cases against Sgt. Kenneth Bowen improperly used his 2006 testimony before a state grand jury made under an immunity deal.

The state case against Bowen and other officers was dismissed, but he and five others were indicted on federal charges stemming from shootings on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the August 2005 storm.

Bowen's attorney, Frank DeSalvo, claims a buffer federal prosecutors supposedly set up to insulate the federal case from Bowen's immunized testimony doesn't exist.

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