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NC court considers dropping Easley e-mail lawsuit

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RALEIGH -- A North Carolina judge is due to rule on whether to continue a lawsuit protesting former Gov. Mike Easley's policy of destroying e-mail correspondence. A Wake County judge will hear arguments Monday on whether to dismiss the lawsuit. Gov. Beverly Perdue ordered last month 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 his final day in office in January. Media organizations including The Associated Press accused Easley and his administration of violating the state's public records law for deleting e-mail messages. The lawsuit came after a former administration spokeswoman described a policy of deleting e-mails sent to and from the governor's office. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Easley

It is no use to try and have a law suit against our former governor. These men get by somehow and we the people suffer.

judge

Has to be a judge Easley appointed. Pay back time..

E-mails never go away

Most email system (including Exchange and Groupwise, both of which I maintained for large corporations) do not purge emails from the system, even when deleted. Purging emails from the system has to be done by the system administrator. This is be design to specifically comply with these types of accountability requirements. Even if they have been purged by the administrator, the emails in question will still be available in older backups of the system which are performed nightly by most (responsible) corporate entities. If this stuff is not being performed by the state's IT dept, that would seriously bring into question whether state ever has had the honest desire to become a fully accountable entity, as these types of questions would have been resolved long ago by other than the governor himself. Furthermore, I can't believe that with all the public airing on this story, this information hasn't been brought to the appropriate individuals attention. Again, it calls into question just how an entity as vast as THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA could have ever gotten where they are without addressing these topics ages ago. Do they have an IT Dept.? Do they ever communicate with them? Have they ever asked them to dig up old emails that were supposedly deleted? I've never worked at a company when that wasn't an almost constant request.