NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A veteran prosecutor faces an internal review by the Justice Department for comments she anonymously posted on a newspaper's website during the trial of five former New Orleans police officers convicted in deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

A department spokeswoman said Monday that the allegations involving Karla Dobinski were referred to its Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates allegations of misconduct by Justice Department attorneys. Dobinski is a Washington-based attorney in the department's civil rights division.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said Dobinski's online activities were a key factor in his decision last week to throw out the former officers' convictions on civil rights charges stemming from the Danziger Bridge shootings and order them a new trial.