Court may drop Easley e-mail lawsuit

August 3, 2009 5:41:50 PM PDT
A Wake County judge heard arguments Monday on whether to dismiss a lawsuit protesting former Governor Mike Easley's policy of destroying e-mail correspondence.The judge was not ready to make a ruling Monday, but said the court will take proactive steps to make sure violations don't happen again.

Many media organizations have accused Easley and his administration of violating the state's public records law for deleting e-mails.

The lawsuit was filed after a former administration spokeswoman described a policy of deleting e-mails sent to and from the governor's office.

Last month Governor Bev. Perdue ordered that most e-mails sent or received by executive-branch employees should be preserved to comply with public records laws. Easley issued a similar order on is last day in office.

Judge Howard Manning gave his okay to Perdue's order and said it complies with transparency laws.


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