A trial is scheduled to begin today in the lawsuit of a former state ethics commission employee who alleges retaliation for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville is scheduled to decide some final issues, including whether Deal must testify, before jury selection begins.
Stacey Kalberman is the former executive secretary at the ethics commission. She claims commissioners cut her salary and eliminated her deputy’s position as she was seeking approval to issue subpoenas as part of the agency’s investigation of Deal’s 2010 campaign reports and financial disclosures.
Commissioners have denied any wrongdoing. Deal has said he wasn’t involved. The governor was later cleared of major violations in the ethics probe and agreed to pay $3,350 in administrative fees.