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Jury sides with ex-ethics chief who claimed retaliation for investigating Ga. gov.'s campaign

Jurors have decided in favor of the former director of Georgia's ethics commission, who had filed a lawsuit alleging retaliation for investigating complaints against Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

After deliberating about two and a half hours Friday, the jury decided in favor of Stacey Kalberman and awarded her $700,000.

Kalberman claimed in a lawsuit that 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.

Former commissioners had said the personnel actions were motivated by budgetary concerns. 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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