- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The lawyers for a New York City police officer convicted of fatally shooting a man in the stairwell of an apartment building are asking for a new trial because a juror didn’t disclose his father was convicted of manslaughter.

The Wall Street Journal (https://on.wsj.com/1YdZkU0 ) reports the motion for a new trial in former officer Peter Liang’s case was filed Tuesday.

Liang was convicted of manslaughter in February and fired.

His attorneys argue one of the jurors, 62-year-old Michael Vargas, said nobody in his close family had ever been accused of a crime. But Vargas told the newspaper his father had served time in prison for a manslaughter charge more than 40 years ago.

Prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence Liang to five years’ probation and six months house arrest


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