Holder: Appeal Expected On Attorney Discipline

The U.S. Justice Department is expected to appeal a judge’s ruling that overturned the suspensions of two federal prosecutors over their handling of the Ted Stevens’ case.

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Attorney General Eric Holder says he does not agree with the judge’s decision. He says he expects Justice would appeal that decision to the Merit Systems Protection Board.

Holder’s comments were in response to questions from Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski during a subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C.

An administrative judge in April reversed the suspensions of federal prosecutors who allegedly failed to provide evidence to the defense in Stevens’ corruption trial.

Judge Benjamin Gutman found the Justice Department violated its procedures by having a member of its management decide the case. But he did not address whether the prosecutors committed misconduct.