Lawsuit says Pennsylvania AG retaliated against top lawyer

Kathleen Kane
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A former top lawyer in her office is suing Attorney General Kathleen Kane, saying she fired him in retaliation for grand jury testimony that helped Montgomery County prosecutors bring perjury charges against her.

James Barker’s lawsuit filed Monday in Harrisburg federal court says his constitutional rights of freedom of speech and due process of law were violated.

He says Kane has made false explanations “that call into question his good name, honor and integrity.”

Barker wants his job back, along with damages and repayment of legal costs.

Kane spokesman Chuck Ardo says the office will review the lawsuit and respond accordingly.

Kane’s office has said Barker’s April firing as supervisor of criminal appeals and grand juries was part of restructuring and cited “supervisory accountability” amid reports about grand jury proceedings.

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