- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Justice Department wants more time to decide whether to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case against five former New Orleans police officers facing a new trial over the deadly shootings of unarmed people in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath.

In a court filing Monday, a Justice Department attorney asked for three additional weeks to make a decision, extending a deadline to March 22.

In 2013, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ordered a new trial for the officers convicted of civil rights charges in the September 2005 shootings.

On Feb. 23, a divided 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected prosecutors’ bid to reinstate those convictions.

Less than a week after Katrina’s landfall, police shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge.

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