March 5th, 2009
Detroit Free Press victorious over access to e-mail
By David Cuillier
A judge ruled that the Detroit Free Press should have access to the e-mails between former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, because the two exchanged love messages on city machines through the city e-mail system, according to a Free Press story.
The mayor had claimed the e-mails were private because of attorney-client privilege and marital privilege because some were between the mayor and his wife or attorney. The judge rejected those claims. The mayor had denied the affair under oath, even though other messages revealed by the Free Press indicated otherwise.
Kudos to the Free Press for continuing to fight for the e-mails. For a good background on the issue, see a Reporters Committee summary.