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Aide: Easley used private e-mail for state business


Former Gov. Mike Easley's communications director while in office says the governor had a private e-mail account he used for state business. Sherri johnson made the comments in a deposition last week for a public records lawsuit filed by news outlets.

The lawsuit accuses Easley and his administration of violating public records law by deleting e-mails and directing other agency public information officers to remove messages to and from the governor's office. Easley has said that didn't occur. E-mails from a private account for state business would be considered public records.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the account used the address "Nick Danger" spelled backwards. The name was likely a reference to the fictional, satirical private eye. The backwards part was because Easley's learning disability left him writing backwards, Johnson testified.

"The governor wrote backwards. I mean, when he wrote, he wrote backwards," Johnson said, according to a transcript of the deposition.

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This is Great

a man who won political office as a no nonsense, law and order advocate.

Now the truth comes forth, slowly but inevitably.

If you saw the testimony of McQueen Campbell. former Governor Easley, and the secretary who processed campaign payments, you know 2 of the 3 were on one side of the testimony and Former Governor Easley was on the other.

Pretty evident who was telling the truth. Now the big question -- will Ruffin Poole take the fall or will he tell all?