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A judge’s decision to disregard the prosecutor’s recommendation for probation and instead impose the maximum one-year jail term for Paul Siminovsky, the ex-lawyer who played a key role in convicting former Brooklyn Justice Gerald P. Garson, could discourage potential cooperating witnesses in the future, several veteran defense lawyers said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Acting Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey G. Berry of Orange County, N.Y., sentenced Siminovsky to a year in jail, citing the serious nature of his role in corrupting the judicial system.

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