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  •  I also thought (5+ / 0-)
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    it was against policy to use private emails for state business?

    •  It's just business. (4+ / 0-)

      Courage is contagious. - Daniel Ellsberg

      by semiot on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 10:03:50 AM PST

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    •  It is against State policy... (6+ / 0-)

      to use private email for State business, because private email isn't routinely archived, and isn't easily susceptible to OPRA requests or subpoenas.

      That's why these people chose to use their private accounts, of course.  It's not that Bridget Kelly didn't have a State email account (probably Bridget.Kelly@gov.state.nj.us), and a Blackberry that enabled her to access that account 24/7; she simply chose to use her private account instead...because she wanted the directives she was passing on to Wildstein to be inaccessible to OPRA and/or subpoenas.

      •  I see the same thing (1+ / 0-)
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        NeverThere

        at the government agency I work for.

      •  I don't know if it would make any difference as (0+ / 0-)

        a legal matter but.

        Would using a private phone or email and causing a traffic jam 1) in the name of a public entity like the PA, 2) putting the public at risk, 3) and maybe braking state and federal law, bring down heavier legal charges than if the same act were done as a public servant, using state supplied communication, under the guise of it being good for the public's access to the bridge in the long run?

        I would think that they could be charged as terrorists and under federal conspiracy laws if they acted as individuals.
        Probably not if they acted as employees of the state doing what they claim was state business.

        I understand that Bridget has not been subpoenaed.  If I were her I would have run to the state's AG office, legislative committee lawyer, or the feds and spilled my guts, with or with out immunity, in the nope that they would would be grateful for my help and go easy on me.

        So maybe that is why she hasn't been subpoenaed yet.  Though I understand her records have been.

    •  It is. (0+ / 0-)

      It is SOP in almost any government job, because what the state, city etc. does, ultimately is supposed to be in the public record.

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