Judge questions why ethics memo wasn't turned over

Judge questions why ethics memo wasn't turned over

Fulton County Judge Ural Glanville blistered state attorneys Monday for withholding key evidence in a whistleblower lawsuit against the state ethics commission.

Glanville said the decision to not turn over that evidence — a memo in which current ethics commission director Holly LaBerge describes feeling pressured by top aides to Gov. Nathan Deal while the agency was considering complaints against Deal's campaign — erodes the public's confidence.

"The harm is public confidence is lost," Glanville said during a nearly four-hour hearing. "If you don't hold people accountable, then the next person says I can get away with that.