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Lawyer who sued AG Kane over firing reinstated

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 27, 2016 11:07 AM

 

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James Barker. Photo by Mary Wilson/WITF

(Harrisburg) -- A former top lawyer who sued former state 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, says James Barker will rejoin the office November 2nd.

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.

He 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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