Easley Unsure Notes Prove His Office Ordered E-mails Destroyed

Gov. Mike Easley says he's not convinced that notes scribbled by public relations workers within his administration prove that his office ordered the destruction of
public records.

Easley told The News & Observer of Raleigh on Tuesday that he was bothered by that interpretation.

Notes released last weekend by Easley's office appears to show that employees at two state agencies were instructed by his press office to delete e-mails to and from the governor's office.

E-mails are a public record, and throwing them away without following the guidelines set by the state is a misdemeanor. An investigation by Easley's office found that there was no systematic deletion of e-mails.


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