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Aug 16, 2011 10:39 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Murphy Painter seeks reinstatement in lawsuit

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former state Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter claims he was fired in August 2010 for not bowing to a demand from the Governor's Office to grant a liquor license for an entertainment square outside the Louisiana Superdome.
Painter, who wants to be reinstated, is suing the Governor's Office and ATC for wrongful termination.
Painter alleges that "improperly-conducted investigations, leaks to third parties, and incessant reports to the media" have defamed and damaged his reputation and character.
The Advocate reports Painter's lawsuit was filed Friday in Baton Rouge state court.
Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin said Monday that Painter was "an unclassified appointee who was asked to resign for accessing government databases in a way that was found to be inappropriate."

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