In what marks the latest twist in the long-running disciplinary proceeding against former federal prosecutor G. Paul Howes, the nine-member District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility issued tonight a split recommendation on what sanctions Howes should receive for his past alleged misconduct.

In the board’s report and recommendation to the court, four members recommended disbarment for the former assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, three recommended a three-year suspension of his license, and two recommended a one-year suspension.