Ex-assistant sues White Pine DA for defamation

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Updated: 2/12 5:12 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal lawsuit accuses White Pine County District Attorney Kelly Brown of defaming and violating the civil rights of one of his ex-assistant prosecutors who says he forced her from her job in retaliation for blowing the whistle on alleged mismanagement of a county fund.

Former Assistant DA Kirsty Pickering accuses her former boss of bringing trumped up charges against her husband, denying her right to free speech and intentionally creating an "intolerable workplace" before she quit last May.

Her lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Reno says Brown engaged in "selective prosecution based upon his biases toward individuals and favoritism of friends and political supporters."

Brown denied the allegations in court papers filed on Friday. The county's lawyer says they have no comment at this time.

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