New Subpoena Seeks More Info about Easley Hire, Deleted E-mail

July 9, 2009
By Cherry Crayton

Reported today on the N&O‘s Web site:

A new subpoena issued to N.C. State University seeks more documents about Mary Easley’s jobs at N.C. State and shows that investigators want to know more about deleted e-mail messages from former Chancellor James Oblinger’s high priority account.

The subpoena was received this week, according to NCSU Chancellor James Woodward.

They show that investigators want to know how the former first lady was using her time. The request demands “all documents relating to vacation days accrued by Mary P. Easley in connection with her employment … including, without limitation, documents reflecting the days on which she used a vacation day and any compensation she received in lieu of using her accrued vacation days.”

The subpoena also asks for information about the employment of Wendy Brown-Nelson, a former development officer at NC State who worked alongside Easley to raise money for the Millennium Seminars speaker series. She spoke with federal investigators for several hours yesterday “about her job duties at NC State.”

Update: Technician has a story today in which Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Marc Hoit says the university’s e-mail retention policy has been updated to “more accurately follow laws regarding retention and deleting of business e-mails that faculty created.” The revised policy,  currently being reviewed by the university’s Legal Affairs office, comes after it was reported that e-mails sent from and received by an account belonging to Oblinger between January 2005 and June 11, 2005, had been deleted.


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