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PETERSBURG, Va. -- A judge has ordered the release of Danzinger defendant, Arthur Kaufman, from federal prison, pending a new trial. Kaufman is the first of the five former New Orleans Police Department officers to be granted a release from prison.

Kaufman, who was convicted of running the cover-up of the shooting of unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina, had his conviction tossed by U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt. The judge granted Kaufman's release on his orginal $100,000 bond.

Engelhardt granted a new trial for the five former NOPD officers convicted in the Danziger Bridge case, citing 'grotesque prosecutorial misconduct' on the part of the government, for their handling of the case which sent the officers to prison.

Kaufman's release from prison comes after Engelhardt granted the motion filed by convicted Kaufman, as well as defendants Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso.

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