Citing the “grotesque” misconduct of federal prosecutors, a federal judge on Tuesday granted a new trial for five former New Orleans Police Department officers convicted of killing two civilians and injuring several others in a shooting on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

In a 129-page order that strongly criticized prosecutors in former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt alluded to “unprecedented events and acts” that have “taken the Court on a legal odyssey unlike any other.”

Lionel Sutton, a former senior attorney within the Court Supervised Settlement Program (CSSP), is accused of taking a $40,000 referral fee from the Andry Lerner Law Firm and attempting to more quickly resolve a claim worth $7,908,460 for that firm.

Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret is not happy. He doesn’t like the fact that Engineering News has reported that the South African energy and chemicals group, Sasol, “has secured investment incentives collectively valued at around $1-billion from the state of Louisiana … to support its proposed development of an ethane cracker and a gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in the Lake Charles area.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...