Debate Over Easley's Handling Of E-mails, Letter Grows

Gov. Mike Easley and his attorney are at odds with the state press association lawyer over whether Easley's administration is violating North Carolina's public records laws.

Easley and his attorney, Andrew A. Vanore Jr., said Tuesday that Easley administration didn't violate the law when it deleted some e-mail messages and threw away a letter.

John Bussian, a lawyer for the N.C. Press Association, told The News & Observer of Raleigh that the note that Easley threw away is a public record.

Debbie Crane, who was fired last week as chief spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services, has said the governor's press office had instructed her to delete e-mails to the governor's office. State law says such e-mails are public record.

In addition, Easley said Sunday he received , then threw away, a note from Carmen Hooker Odom, the former DHHS secretary.

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