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Judge Overturns Prosecutors Sanctions
For Retaining Evidence in Ted Stevens Case

April 10, 2013, 4:00 AM

An administrative law judge April 5 reversed the suspensions of two Justice Department prosecutors who were disciplined in connection with their role in the ethics prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph W. Bottini and James A. Goeke had faced disciplinary suspensions without pay of 40 days and 15 days, respectively. Those suspensions were recommended by Kevin Ohlson, chief of DOJ’s Professional Misconduct Review Unit. The PMRU is responsible for disciplining department attorneys.

A lengthy internal probe by DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility, made public in May 2012, concluded that Bottini and Goeke acted negligently ...

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