He was the senior prosecutor on the operation.
"The jury is still out," said a senior local prosecutor, who spoke on condition that he remain anonymous.
One senior prosecutor even drafted a sample indictment, but that course was ultimately rejected.
But the decisive view came from the attorney general's advisory committee, an internal Justice department body composed of senior prosecutors around the country.
He said the decision in this case was based on a legal review by a committee of senior prosecutors.
It is 3 days after a senior prosecutor receives the recommendation, not 30 days.
That senior prosecutor said he could not speak for attribution because the case is pending in court.
He will be assisted by two senior prosecutors, one of whom worked with him on the Howard Beach case.
Met officials reportedly "didn't discuss certain evidence with senior prosecutors, including the notes suggesting the involvement of other reporters"
A senior prosecutor is seeking a court order to close the party permanently.