Meanwhile, Deal spoke publicly Thursday for the first time after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that he, two top aides and his private attorney have been subpoenaed to testify in Streicker’s case.
“I’m like several others that have been put on notice that we may be called,” Deal said. “If they call me, then I’ll certainly appear and I’ll testify. I don’t know that I know anything that would be relevant to that lawsuit, but I certainly will cooperate.”
In Thursday’s hearing in the Kalberman matter, the state’s attorney said Kalberman has shown no connection between the requested subpoenas in the Deal case and her salary being cut.
“We’ve got her issuing subpoenas and we’ve got statements about the budget,” Senior Assistant Attorney General Bryan Webb said, noting that Kalberman herself warned commissioners of a looming budget crunch. “Within 2 1/2 weeks of her telling the commission ‘We’re about to run about of money,’ they started making decisions about how they were going to get the budget fixed.”
Kalberman, Webb said, “doesn’t have to like how they were going to do it — neither does a jury or a judge.”
But Kalberman’s attorney, Kim Worth, told Glanville the budget argument “is a convenient excuse for what was the decision to stop the Deal investigation from happening.”
“How did (commissioners) know it was going to work out?” Worth said. “That’s a question for the jury.”