Civil Service Commission Grills Prosecutor in Olmert Graft Case

Uri Corb, Jerusalem's deputy district prosecutor, who is on forced leave after being recorded saying "most judges are jackasses," was questioned by the Civil Service Commission's disciplinary unit yesterday from morning to early evening. The prosecutor repeatedly said he regretted the phrase and stressed it was taken out of context.

Corb is the chief prosecutor in the trial of former prime minister Ehud Olmert on grave charges of corruption. The trial's evidentiary stage is set to open on Thursday at the Jerusalem District Court, after the judges declined the prosecution's request to postpone the phase by three months because of Corb's forced leave.

Meanwhile, sources knowledgeable about the proceedings told Haaretz that State Prosecutor Moshe Lador hopes to reach an arrangement allowing Corb to immediately resume his duties and attend the Olmert trial, postponing any sanctions such as impediment of promotion.

"Lador must have Corb on this case, he knows it's nearly impossible to run it without him," one prosecution source told Haaretz. However, the source also stressed Lador will be compelled to abide by any decision rendered by the Civil Service Commission.

Sources at the commission said they didn't believe his punishment will be particularly severe and ruled out the possibility of suspension from public service.