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October 20, 2014, 8:03 am
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City Gives Christian's Attorneys Huge Stash Of Emails Related To Document Shredding

The City of Springfield has turned over a large flash drive filled with emails pertaining to the decision to shred police department internal affairs files earlier this year. 


Mayoral spokesman Nathan Mihelich says the 19 gigabytes of documents were released following a meeting with attorneys for Calvin Christian, who is suing the city over those shredded documents.  Mihelich says it is a comprehensive compilation of all documents retrieved from the city’s computer system since last April that reference keywords like “shred” or “files.” But because of the size of the files, Mihelich says the information has not been fully redacted, and therefore Christian's attorneys are not allowed to share it with anyone... including their client. 


Some of those emails were sent by Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher.  The city had earlier told Christian that it had no emails from Buscher pertaining to the file shredding controversy from the months of Apirl and May.  Mihelich could not immediately say when Buscher wrote and sent the emails that were included on the flash drive.


Christian’s attorney Don Craven says the two sides are making progress on setting up a schedule for discovery and depositions in the case, but are not close to setting a trial date.

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