AG puts lawyer who spoke out on leave.

MPR, AP and MinnPost are reporting that Attorney General Lori Swanson put one of her attorneys on leave. That lawyer was speaking out about union organizing in her office.

Swanson, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, didn’t comment. One of her deputies said Lawler’s decision to talk about ethical issues, not union organizing, was the reason she was put on administrative leave. AFSCME executive director Eliot Seide called Swanson’s decision “disgraceful” and believes it was retaliation for her union activity. He said AFSCME will do what it can to defend her.

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