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Editorial

Deleted e-mails show need for stronger public records law

November 19, 2011

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When 11 of Mitt Romney’s aides bought their state-issued hard drives and wiped e-mails and other documents from state servers as his term as governor drew to a close, they made two things clear: First, the Romney team went to extraordinary lengths to avoid surprises or embarrassments in a future presidential campaign. Second, the relevant laws in Massachusetts aren’t strong enough to guarantee citizens the ability to see material that is produced by public officials and is clearly relevant to the public interest.

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