A veteran prosecutor faces an internal review by the Justice Department for comments she anonymously posted on a newspaper's website during the trial of five former New Orleans police officers convicted in the deadly shootings on the Danziger bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
A department spokeswoman said that the allegations involving Karla Dobinski were referred to its Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates allegations of misconduct by Justice Department attorneys. Dobinski is a Washington-based attorney in the department's civil rights division.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said Dobinski's online activities were a key factor in his decision last week to throw out the former officers' convictions on civil rights charges stemming from the Danziger Bridge shootings and order them a new trial. Two men were shot to death by NOPD officers and four other persons were injured.
Dobinski's attorney, David Laufman has told The Advocate his client's online postings were "innocuous" and not inflammatory and he expressed confidence she would be cleared of any wrongdoing.
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