Prosecutor can't be sued over 2003 terrorism trial

DETROIT (AP) -- A man whose 2003 conviction on terror-related charges in Detroit was thrown out can't sue the prosecutor for misconduct.

A federal appeals court reversed a lower court Wednesday and ruled in favor of Richard Convertino.

Karim Koubriti was seeking millions from Convertino, claiming his constitutional rights were violated. Koubriti's terror conviction was overturned in 2004 after the government said evidence was withheld from the defense.

The appeals court says Convertino can't be sued because he has immunity as a prosecutor. Koubriti still has claims pending against an FBI agent.

Koubriti's lawyer, Ben Gonek, says he's disappointed. A message seeking comment was left with Convertino's attorney. Convertino is no longer a federal prosecutor.

Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2010

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