Judge hints, but doesn’t rule, in state ethics commission case

A Fulton County judge said Thursday that a jury needs to answer some questions in a lawsuit filed by the former state ethics commission director, but stopped short of clearing the case for trial.

Judge Ural Glanville did not rule Thursday on the state’s motion to dismiss Stacey Kalberman’s suit against her former employers after nearly an hour of arguments.

Kalberman and her former top deputy, Sherilyn Streicker, filed separate suits after Streicker’s job was eliminated and Kalberman’s salary cut in 2011. The pair claim the actions were a result of their investigation into Gov. Nathan Deal’s 2010 campaign.

Streicker’s case is set for trial Friday. Kalberman’s is scheduled to begin Feb. 14, although both dates are likely to change.