Posted: Saturday, January 11th 2014 at 7:31pm
Ethics Commission lawyer on administrative leave
By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) -- The lawyer for a state ethics commission attorney says she is on administrative leave.
Brian Sutherland says his client, Georgia ethics commission staff attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein, is addressing a medical condition while on leave. He said in a brief statement to The Associated Press that he can't comment further because of the sensitive and private nature of medical concerns.
Ethics commission chairman Kevin Abernethy told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Murray-Obertein was placed on the administrative leave, but he would not comment further.
Murray-Obertein is a key witness in a pair of lawsuits focused on the commission's handling of 2010 ethics complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.
Separately, Murray-Obertein is set to appear before a federal grand jury next week to produce commission documents related to the Deal complaints.
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