Key witness testifies in state ethics trial

ATLANTA – A woman claiming that she lost her job for blowing the whistle on Gov. Nathan Deal entered her second day of a trial against the state on Tuesday.

Stacey Kalberman, the former head of the State Ethics Commission, contends in her case that she was forced from her job at the agency after making a strong push to investigate the campaign expenditures of Gov. Nathan Deal's campaign.

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On the stand, Millsaps first told Kalberman that her salary would be reduced, and she claims that he's the person who forced her from her job.

Millsaps denies any political conspiracy to hide the Deal investigation. He said that budget strains and Kalberman's reaction to her salary cut is what caused the chaos.

When it came to the details of Kalberman's departure, Millsaps had several gaps in his memory on the stand. He couldn't remember phone calls, emails, meetings and Facebook message that he'd sent to Kalberman's replacement weeks before she left.

Several times, Millsaps told the jury that he was the chairman, but not the brains of the operation.


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