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Monday May 4th, 2015 9:04AM

Ex-staffer testifies in ethics commission trial

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- A former staff attorney for the state ethics commission said the commissioners didn't want the agency to dig too deeply in its investigation into complaints about the governor.

Elisabeth Murray-Obertein testified Thursday in the trial over a lawsuit filed by Stacey Kalberman, the commission's former executive secretary. Murray Obertein was hired after Kalberman's departure.

Kalberman alleges commissioners cut her salary and eliminated her deputy's position as they sought subpoenas in an investigation of Gov. Nathan Deal's 2010 campaign reports and financial disclosures.

Murray-Obertein says current executive secretary Holly LaBerge told her the commissioners were displeased with the investigation under the previous administration, and that Kalberman and her deputy, Sherilyn Streicker, were investigating areas the commissioners didn't want them to.

Earlier in the day, Streicker testified no one there said anything about eliminating her job until she presented the details of the investigation into complaints against Deal.

Streicker testified she believed commissioners wanted to stop the investigation.

Commissioners have denied wrongdoing. The governor was later cleared of major violations in the ethics probe and agreed to pay $3,350 in administrative fees.
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