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12:56 p.m. — The jury that is in it’s 11th day of deliberations in the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis took it’s hour-long break of lunch, still unable to agree on verdicts for any of the 13 charges against him.
Holly LaBerge, head of the state ethics commission, testifies in a whistle blower lawsuit. Brant Sanderlin/AJC
A watchdog group demanded an internal investigation of Gov. Nathan Deal’s top aides, claiming that a recently revealed memo drafted by the ethics chief was proof that she was coerced into creating a “politically favorable outcome” for the governor.
Sabrina Smith of Georgia Watchdogs filed the complaint with the Office of the Inspector General claiming that executive counsel Ryan Teague and chief-of-staff Chris Riley, who has now joined the campaign, violated state law prohibiting government employees from coercing co-workers for political gain. You can find your copy here.
Deal campaign spokesman Brian Robinson said the complaint smacked of politics and that “repetition of untrue statements doesn’t make them true.”
“The file is riddled with so many inaccuracies and so much incorrect speculation that the complainant herself does not appear to take this seriously,” he said. “Whether by laziness or recklessness, this file discredits the accuser, not the accused.”
Smith’s complaint alleges that Riley and Teague used state resources and state time to try to coerce LaBerge to “settle Gov. Deal’s campaign matters for as little money as possible.” It also claims the office unfairly granted LaBerge a special favor by supporting her application for the Leadership Georgia program.
Deal has said that LaBerge was never threatened. The campaign said that Deal’s private attorneys – not Riley and Teague – were involved in negotiating the final settlement for $3,350 in fees for technical defects on campaign disclosures, and note that the letter of recommendation was sent in June 2013 – long after the investigation was closed.