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Ethics commission delays ruling on Deal

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The state’s ethics watchdog organ decided on Friday to postpone judgment on several complaints against Governor Nathan Deal.

After first clearing former Governor Roy Barnes of lobbyist disclosure violations, the Georgia Government and Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission opted to delay ruling on five complaints–including three filed during his campaign for the governor’s mansion–against Deal.

Agency officials expect the charges to be resolved when the group next convenes in late July.

“Based on the investigation, we placed these cases on the agenda today hoping we would be able to resolve one, if not all of them,” staff attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein told the Associated Press of the delay. “Today, we are not ready to proceed. For several reasons, we are not going to be able to dispose of the cases today.”

Today’s meeting marked the first instance the commission had met since it lost former executive director Stacey Kalberman, now suing the agency over allegations she was forced out as political retribution for her pursuit of a pair of complaints against then-candidate Deal.

- James Richardson

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