Lawyer who sued AG Kane over firing reinstated, settling

James Barker addresses the media following an appeal hearing for former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky before justices of Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (WHTM Photo)
James Barker addresses the media following an appeal hearing for former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky before justices of Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (WHTM Photo)

A former top lawyer who sued former Attorney General Kathleen Kane, saying she fired him in retaliation for grand jury testimony against her, is getting his job back and settling that lawsuit.

Attorney General Bruce Beemer, Kane’s successor, on Thursday announced that James Barker will rejoin the office Nov. 2.

Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in jail on Monday after being convicted of perjury and obstruction for leaking grand jury files to embarrass a rival prosecutor. Barker’s testimony helped Montgomery County prosecutors charge Kane, who is free on bond while she appeals.

Barker was fired in April 2015 and sued six months later.

Beemer says Barker will earn about $114,000 annually, receive $70,000 for lost wages and other damages, and his attorneys will be paid $90,000.

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