UPDATE: Boston Globe reports that Menino was warned last year about unlawful email deletion:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s administration was warned by a state judge late last year that city employees were deleting e-mails in apparent violation of state public records law, but city officials failed to halt the practice.
The judge’s order, made in a lawsuit against the Boston Redevelopment Authority, shows that the problem of records destruction at City Hall has extended well beyond Menino’s closest aide, Michael J. Kineavy, whose e-mails the Globe sought through a public records request this summer.
Superior Court Judge Ralph D. Gants wrote in a November court order that BRA employees had been permitted to delete e-mails without keeping hard copies or electronic backups.
“It is plain that the BRA failed to comply with its obligation to retain e-mails in accordance with [state law],’’ Gants wrote.
KingCast pics and vids of this morning's McCrea/Yoon/Flaherty press conference regarding the Menino administrations willful violation of Open Records laws and email deletion. The deleted emails may have ties with Diane Wilkerson, an indicted former State Senator. Like I say, if that is true, there is much more to her story than meets the eye because if she was in any way corrupt, you can't be corrupt in a vacuum.
At his blog, Kevin McCrea shares some of the missing emails that the Boston Globe couldn't obtain pursuant to their public records request. He maintained them on his own computer :)
Here's a story about Mayor Menino and his buddy (read: Chief of Policy and Planning Michael Kineavy) and their willful email destruction of public emails. Here's the Globe version, Slack and Levenson on it. Here's the Bostonist story, "Here's a post from earlier today regarding the Open Records lawsuit of McCrea et al. v Flaherty et al. 71 Mass. App. Ct. 637 (2007). Gosh knows I've seen MA big business and NH government get away with Bloody Murder when it comes to destroying emails. Those of you who know this blog know that very well; I'll put up links tomorrow if I feel like it but the relevant case law is all over this blog as recently as last year.
Okay here's a linky to the Hopkington NH revision on emails and a bit about my lawsuit for public emails on public and private computers against thankfully former State Rep Martha McLeod, who repeatedly lied in connection with the Franconia shooting tragedy that is the subject of next month's book by Casey Sherman, "Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains." A protectionist and intellectually dishonest court threw my lawsuit out without a hearing. That's how they do it in New Hampshire. Read the lawsuit on iPaper at Scribd.com.
KingCast McLeodF (with Mayor Menino update)
PS: We all know that no email is ever truly destroyed; it's really a matter of whether or not the Court will enforce the friggin' law. Judge Reginald Lindsey (RIP) -- in a multiple Plaintiff lawsuit in which I was involved -- did not. Perhaps that's why he was overruled on other major cases like the Silver Bullet case with Kevan Fulmer.
Anyway, the press conference is Monday morning at City Hall. See you there, or you can watch it right here!