PRESSURING PROSECUTORS: Judge Facing Accusations

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A federal judge is accused of pressuring prosecutors to toughen penalties against defendants and suggesting prosecutors would face retaliation if they refused.

Stephanie Rose was sworn in as a district judge in the southern district of Iowa last year.

She is now under fire for allegedly trying to influence the prosecution of some defendants.

In one case, a Des Moines attorney claims Rose contacted prosecutors privately and encouraged them to provide evidence that would result in a longer sentence.

At least some of the communication took place via email, which has recently been unsealed.

We’ll show you some of those emails, on the Channel 13 News as 10 p.m.   

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