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Prosecutor faces internal review for online posts

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago September 23, 2013 Sep 23, 2013 Monday, September 23 2013 September 23, 2013 3:21 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A veteran prosecutor faces an internal review by the Justice Department for comments she anonymously posted on a newspaper's website during the trial of five former New Orleans police officers convicted in deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

A department spokeswoman said Monday that the allegations involving Karla Dobinski were referred to its Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates allegations of misconduct by Justice Department attorneys. Dobinski is a Washington-based attorney in the department's civil rights division.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said Dobinski's online activities were a key factor in his decision last week to throw out the former officers' convictions on civil rights charges stemming from the Danziger Bridge shootings and order them a new trial.

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