Worker: Easley Did State Business With Private E-Mail

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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  • by NS Location: Greenville on Feb 5, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    Apparently so did the "first Dude" and he wasn't even elected.
  • by Anonymous in SC Location: SC on Feb 4, 2010 at 01:22 AM
    (Wow on Feb 3 " ....you are a genius" -- Never claimed to be a genius. Just think you should stop the leak that's going to sink the boat before you start trying to figure out who built a boat with a hole in it.
  • by Wow on Feb 3, 2010 at 07:04 PM
    So you think statute of limitations on crimes are the length of a politicians term....you are a genius.
  • by jerry Location: kinston on Feb 3, 2010 at 06:46 PM
    just another example of the ridiculous excuse to spend our money. go after perdue and/or obama
  • by Anonymous Location: SC on Feb 3, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    Leave him alone. Go after Perdue, she's the one in office right now and she's the one that hurt the state even worse than she already has. Whatever Easley did is done and can't be stopped or changed.
  • by Tom on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:00 PM
    To tug- You're not the Governor of NC- there is a certain amount of accountability as an elected leader- not appropriate to do state work with a personal email account- makes one think he may have been hiding something
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    so what? I use my private email for work to. lawyers are just splitting hairs.
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