A former New Orleans police sergeant convicted of covering up the Danziger Bridge police shootings is heading back to court.
Federal Judge Kurt Englehardt agreed to allow attorneys for Arthur Kaufmanto make oral arguments on a motion for a new trial.
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.
According to court documents, Kaufman maintains that a "secret public relations campaign" by federal authorities deprived him of a fair trial on charges stemming from the shooting of unarmed civilians on the bridge following Hurricane Katrina.
Kaufman also states that recently disclosed evidence shows that the government waged a media war against the five defendants that effectively led to false testimony of cooperating witnesses at trial.
In court filings, prosecutors argued the convicted officers' bid for a new trial must be rejected because it isn't based on any newly discovered evidence.
They also argued that the officers' attorneys haven't shown how media reports on the federal probe of the Danziger Bridge shootings led to an unfair trial.
Judge Englehardt is giving both sides 20 minutes to present their arguments.