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Associated Press, Published August 21 2012

Disciplined ND judge pleased by parts of court's ruling

BISMARCK — A North Dakota district judge has been disciplined by the state Supreme Court, but she says she's pleased by some parts of the court's ruling.

The Supreme Court admonished Cynthia Feland for her conduct in her former job as a Burleigh County prosecutor. She's been a judge for almost two years.

The case arose from Feland's prosecution of former North Dakota workers' compensation director Sandy Blunt. Blunt was convicted of misspending agency funds.

The Supreme Court says Feland failed to turn over some evidence to Blunt's defense lawyer. The court said the mistake didn't hurt Blunt's case.

Feland says she's pleased the Supreme Court concluded she didn't withhold evidence on purpose, and that her error didn't harm Blunt's defense.

The admonishment won't affect Feland's ability to work as a judge.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.