Trial to Begin in Ethics Commission Lawsuit

31 March 2014

ATHENS - A trial is scheduled to begin today regarding the lawsuit of a former state ethics commission employee who alleges retaliation against her investigative complaints against Governor Nathan Deal.

Stacy Kalberman is the former executive secretary at the ethics commission. Prior to departing from the agency, Kalberman was seeking approval to issue subpoenas as part of the agency’s investigation of Deal’s 2010 campaign reports and financial disclosures.

Kalberman claims commissioners cut her salary and eliminated her deputy’s position as means of retaliation against her investigation complaints.

Commissioners have denied any wrongdoing.

Deal has claimed he was not involved, and was later cleared of major violation in the ethics probe.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville is scheduled to decide some final issues, including whether Deal must testify, before jury selection begins.

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