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Associated Press, Published August 20 2012

ND judge admonished for conduct as prosecutor

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Supreme Court has admonished a district judge for withholding evidence when she worked as a prosecutor.

A disciplinary panel had recommended that Judge Cynthia Feland be suspended from practicing law for 60 days.

The Supreme Court's ruling admonishes Feland for her conduct. That is a less severe penalty and won't hurt her ability to continue serving as a judge.

The justices say Feland has to pay part of the cost of the disciplinary investigation.

The complaint was made in the case of former state workers’ compensation director Sandy Blunt. When Feland was a prosecuting attorney, she pushed to convict Blunt for misusing agency funds.

The Supreme Court says Feland didn't turn over a document to Blunt's defense lawyer. But the ruling says the omission didn't harm Blunt's case.

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