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Published February 22, 2011, 11:07 AM

Former ND Workers' Comp Director Contesting Felony

North Dakota's former workers' compensation director is asking the state Supreme Court for the second time to throw out his felony conviction for misspending public funds.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's former workers' compensation director is asking the state Supreme Court for the second time to throw out his felony conviction for misspending public funds.

Sandy Blunt's attorney told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that prosecutors didn't give him crucial evidence.

Prosecutors claimed Blunt misspent more than $26,000 during his time as director of Workforce Safety and Insurance.

Blunt's attorney, Mike Hoffman, said during Blunt's trial, a state auditor testified Blunt should have tried to get a former employee to repay almost $8,000 in moving expenses.

The same auditor said in a memo that the money didn't need to be repaid.

Justice Dale Sandstrom says Hoffman could have used the memo to discredit the auditor.

Burleigh County prosecutor Lloyd Suhr says Hoffman already had the information the memo contained.

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