- Associated Press - Saturday, August 23, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A lawsuit against the state ethics commission is still costing taxpayers despite a jury verdict earlier this year.

Both sides will be back in court Monday to address claims the state failed to turn over key documents before trial.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (https://bit.ly/1p1Z3pC ) the state is paying two private attorneys $125 an hour to defend the commission and its executive director against the claims. That comes after Attorney General Sam Olens said his office couldn’t defend itself and the commission.

That’s on top of the $700,000 verdict in favor of a former commission employee who claimed retaliation for investigating complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal. She was also awarded $450,000 in back pay and attorney fees. After the verdict, the state settled with three other former employees for $1.8 million.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com

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