Nearly three years after she claims she was forced from office for investigating Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign, former state ethics commission director Stacey Kalberman’s lawsuit will be heard in court.
Kalberman’s case against her former employer begins Monday in Fulton County Superior Court. The trial, expected to last a week, could feature such high-profile witnesses as Deal himself, as well as his private attorney, top Republican lawyer Randy Evans.
Kalberman’s lawsuit, one of three filed against the commission, has helped throw it into turmoil as depositions have revealed allegations that agency employees were ordered to remove or alter documents from the Deal case file and that the governor’s office handpicked Kalberman’s successor.
Filed under the state’s whistleblower statute, Kalberman’s case hinges on whether a jury believes the commission — which is responsible for overseeing how public officials raise and spend money and how the information is disclosed — punished her for aggressively investigating Deal’s 2010 campaign.
The principals in the case have all declined to comment, including Kalberman’s attorney Kim Worth, the governor’s office, the ethics commission and Attorney General Sam Olens, whose office will represent the commission.