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Prosecutor quits over TV remarks

July 16, 2009|Andrew Blankstein

A veteran prosecutor resigned from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office this week after her supervisors learned that she had discussed the Michael Jackson case while appearing last week as a panelist on CNN's "Larry King Live."

Robin Sax Katzenstein, who was on leave from the office's sex crimes division, appeared as a legal analyst on King's Friday broadcast and said there would be problems bringing a potential criminal case.

Rules prohibit prosecutors from discussing cases that could come before the district attorney, and the probe into Jackson's death, although not yet a criminal investigation, could become one that would be handled by the office.

Katzenstein said in a phone interview that it was wrong to discuss the case but that she believed the investigation was being spearheaded by federal and state authorities, allowing her to voice her opinion.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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