Sep 23, 4:16 PM EDT

GA attorney general's office pays ethics case fine


ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia attorney general's office has paid $10,000 for failing to turn over key documents while defending the state ethics commission against a lawsuit.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( http://on-ajc.com/1rmpvdz ) Attorney General Sam Olens' office paid the fine to Tuesday.

Judge Ural Glanville on Monday had ordered Olens' office to pay by Tuesday or face a contempt of court charge. He declined to let Olens' office wait until a potential appeal is decided.

Glanville also ordered former ethics commission director Holly LaBerge to pay $10,000 for failing to turn over documents in the whistleblower case.

LaBerge's attorney told the newspaper LaBerge has filed notice with the state Court of Appeals. LaBerge wasn't required to pay her fine prior to that appeal.

Olens spokeswoman Lauren Kane says Olens' office will also appeal.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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