Memo Shows Attorney Challenged Policy Before Firing

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Saturday, November 10 2007 Nov 10, 2007 Saturday, November 10, 2007 4:29:20 AM CST November 10, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former staff attorney for Governor Blunt sent an internal office memo challenging his boss's stance on deleting e-mails just weeks before the attorney was fired. That's according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Associated Press. The memo's existence and content contradicts public statements made by Blunt and his top officials after the attorney was fired in late September. Blunt officials have repeatedly said Scott Eckersley never challenged their policy of deleting office e-mail, and only brought up the issue the day he was fired. The memo also offers the strongest support yet for Eckersley's claim that he did advise Blunt's office about his e-mail retention policy, for which he says he was fired. Blunt has said the firing was performance-related. Blunt spokesman Rich Chrismer says Blunt's office has no record that Eckersley ever wrote or stated that the e-mail practices were inconsistent with any law or standard on record retention.

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