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Associated Press, Published January 24 2012

ND Supreme Court to consider judge suspension

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court will decide whether to suspend state District Judge Cynthia Feland for actions she took as a prosecutor.

A disciplinary panel says Feland should be suspended from practicing law for two months. The panel says Feland hould pay more than $11,000 in disciplinary costs.

Feland is a former Burleigh County prosecutor. She helped convict former state workers' compensation director Sandy Blunt of a felony for misspending state funds.

She was later accused of not turning over important evidence to Blunt's defense.

A disciplinary investigation concluded Feland was reckless.

The Supreme Court is hearing the appeal Feb. 14.

Feland's lawyer says Blunt already had information Feland was accused of withholding. He says Feland didn't hold back anything on purpose, and he says the case should be dismissed.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.