Judge levies $20,000 fine for hiding evidence — here’s your copy of order

3:18 pm Sep. 3, 2014

Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin has the details here, but here’s his lede:

A Fulton County Superior Court judge on Wednesday sanctioned the Attorney General’s Office and state ethics commission director Holly LaBerge and ordered each to pay $10,000 in fines for failing to turn over key documents in a whistleblower lawsuit involving the commission and Gov. Nathan Deal’s office, the AJC has learned.

And here is your copy of

Deal defends staff’s contact with ethics chief, comparing her to ‘prosecutor’

4:56 pm Jul. 17, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal issued the liveliest defense yet to the bombshell ethics memo rocking his campaign for re-election.

The remarks came in an interview with Erick Erickson, a conservative talk show host on WSB Radio, as he faces mounting pressure to explain why his aides contacted the commission’s chair, Holly LaBerge, days before a key hearing. In the interview, he compared LaBerge to a prosecutor and the commission’s five members to