California judge recommends suspension for prosecutor

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) A California State Bar judge is recommending an Orange County prosecutor accused of improperly withholding evidence be suspended from practicing law for at least a year.

The Orange County Register reports State Bar Judge Yvette Roland, in a written opinion filed this week, recommended Deputy District Attorney Sandra Lee Nassar be placed on a three-year probation, including a minimum one-year suspension, for her misconduct during a 2013 child-abuse trial.

Roland cited what she says was Nassar's "lack of insight and understanding regarding her own misconduct."

Neither Nassar nor her attorney returned messages seeking comment.

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Orange County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden says the California Supreme Court is reviewing the decision. She says Nassar will make a decision on whether to appeal within the next 30 days.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com