Trial will question US judge’s treatment of lawyer

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose has sat in judgment of defendants since becoming appointed to the bench last year.

But the tables will turn on the nation’s youngest federal judge in an unusual trial scheduled to begin Monday in Sioux City.

Jurors and a judge will hear allegations that Rose carried out a harsh and illegal campaign of employment retaliation against then-assistant U.S. Attorney Martha Fagg when Rose was the top federal prosecutor in northern Iowa.

Department of Justice lawyers will argue Rose acted appropriately to discipline and eventually remove Fagg, who they’ll paint as a disrespectful employee with attendance problems.

Legal experts say it’s extraordinary for a sitting federal judge to face a trial where her credibility and management are questioned.

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