That restructuring consisted of firing James Barker and nothing more.
Then a new response was sent out to the public. Barker was fired for failing to prevent leaks.
“Restructuring was necessary for efficiency and tighter controls amid media reports of cases allegedly before a sitting grand jury. While not known yet who is specifically responsible for those leaks, supervisory accountability falls to the head of the unit,” Kane’s office said.
Considering that Barker had testified against Kane in a hearing (which concerned whether she leaked grand jury information), the firing seemed highly suspicious.
Now, Barker is suing the Attorney General. He is seeking “reinstatement to his position, payment for lost wages, and punitive damages against Kane” according to the Tribune-Review’s Brad Bumsted.
“We will review Mr. Barker’s filing and she will respond accordingly,” Kane’s spokesman Chuck Ardo responded. “I can assure you the attorney general will defend herself vigorously.”
So the Attorney General will now have to deal with this civil suit at the same time as her criminal trial.
UPDATE: Brad Bumsted of the Tribune-Review is reporting that according to Barker’s lawsuit First Deputy Bruce Beemer opposed his firing.
Beemer allegedly even went so far as to ask Kane to fire him instead but the Attorney General ignored him and fired Barker without his knowledge.