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New Orleans Police Conviction Vacated

Posted: Jan 03, 2013

A federal appeals court in New Orleans has overturned the conviction of former New Orleans police officer David Warren, one of the former cops tried and convicted of an assortment of charges related to the murder of Henry Glover, who was shot by police and later burned in an abandoned car by cops just days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans more than seven years ago. After Glover’s murder and the burning of his remains, his charred skull was removed from the vehicle.

On Dec. 17, a federal court ruled that the officer convicted of shooting Glover deserved a new trial, essentially nullifying the 25-year sentence Warren received two years ago.

“We hold that because Warren has demonstrated that he suffered specific and compelling prejudice as a consequence of the district court’s refusal to sever his trial from that of the other defendants, the district court abused its discretion in denying Warren’s repeated motions to sever under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 14 (a),” the Fifth Circuit Court said in papers filed Monday. “As a result, we VACATE Warren’s convictions and sentences and remand for a new trial.”

The ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which comes two years after the December 2010 convictions, makes Warren the second former police officer in the racially polarizing case to be granted a new trial. Former NOPD officer Travis McCabe who was convicted of writing a false police report was granted a new trial this past May by U.S. Judge Lance Africk, the same federal judge who handed down the convictions in 2010.

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