Former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley's communications director while in office says Easley 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 The News & Observer of Raleigh, The Associated Press and other news media 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.
A judge said lawyers could question former Easley press office workers before deciding whether the lawsuit could go to trial.
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