Perdue Says Patrol Report Is Confidential

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue says copies of the Highway Patrol's internal affairs investigation of missing flight records of former Gov. Mike Easley's travels are confidential and can't be released.

Perdue said Tuesday she's been told the probe is privileged information in the eye of state law. Her comment was in response to a reporter's question about the report.

The report and an earlier patrol inquiry examined how records on Easley's travels in 2005 went missing. Both found that a patrol supervisor had not intentionally removed or destroyed the records.

Crime Control Secretary Reuben Young declined to release the second report late last week.

The records are part of broader state and federal investigation into activities involving Easley and former first lady Mary Easley.

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