Some Gubernatorial Candidates Critical Of Easley's Office

Some candidates for governor say the man they're hoping to succeed and members of his staff are failing to meet the standards of North Carolina's public records law.

Notes were released over the weekend by one of Easley's
attorneys to The News & Observer of Raleigh. They showed that
employees at two state agencies were instructed by Easley's press
office to delete e-mails sent to and received from the governor's
office.

Former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr says if Easley and his
staff aren't breaking the public records law, he is not sure
they're living up to the spirit of it.

Sen. Fred Smith said he wouldn't give a legal opinion about
whether the law was broken, but he did say Easley is breaking what
he termed the "leadership law."

Orr and Smith are seeking the Republican nomination.

Democratic State Treasurer Richard Moore said that if someone
told state employees to delete e-mails, it would be very bad public
policy.


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