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Argued July 19, 2001

Appeal from the June 27, 2000, judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Eugene H. Nickerson, District Judge), following two jury trials, convicting Defendant-Appellant Schwarz for conspiracy to violate and violation of the civil rights of Abner Louima, in violation of 18 U.S.C. �� 241 and 242, and convicting all three defendants-appellants of conspiracy to obstruct justice in violation of 18 U.S.C. �� 371 and 1503. Reversed in part, vacated in part and remanded.

Defendants-Appellants Charles Schwarz, Thomas Bruder, and Thomas Wiese appeal from their convictions, after two jury trials, on charges brought related to the events surrounding the brutal assault on Abner Louima in the early hours of August 9, 1997, while he was in custody at the 70th Police Precinct in Brooklyn, New York, and its aftermath.

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