AP joins bid to unseal court records

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Associated Press

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 2:04 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Associated Press has joined a New Orleans newspaper in urging a federal judge to unseal court documents related to a Justice Department probe of alleged prosecutorial misconduct in its investigation of deadly police shootings that happened a few days after Hurricane Katrina struck.

In a court filing Monday, AP attorneys argue public interest in monitoring the case "cannot be overstated."

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt hasn't ruled on The Times-Picayune's Aug. 6 request to intervene in the case against five current or former police officers convicted on charges arising from shootings on a New Orleans bridge after the August 2005 storm.

The Times-Picayune and AP are seeking access to sealed court filings and transcripts of closed-door hearings that Engelhardt held after ordering federal authorities to investigate the source of leaked information about the case.

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