- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

RENO, NEV. (AP) - A federal judge says Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons can be questioned in a civil suit filed by a former administrator who claims she was improperly fired from the governor’s office.

The judge ruled Tuesday that attorneys for Mary Keating will be allowed to take pretrial testimony from Gibbons after the legislative session concludes.

Keating claims she was fired last May because the governor thought she leaked details of private text messages he sent on a state phone to a woman who is not his wife. Gibbons, who is seeking a divorce, later apologized for the more than 800 text messages and reimbursed the state $130.

Gibbons’ lawyers say Keating was terminated because she was rude and discourteous. She now has a job at another state agency for similar pay.

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