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Ohio Public Safety attorney booted for monitoring emails

By admin Published: September 30, 2010

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: Ohio's public safety director says he fired a staff attorney who demanded he be automatically copied on any e-mails from the state watchdog and a newspaper.

Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath said Thursday a second attorney who assisted with the electronic eavesdropping has resigned.

The Columbus Dispatch first reported the firing and resignation Thursday.

Stickrath said he fired lawyer Joshua Engel Wednesday because Engel had directed the agency's information technology department to automatically forward any e-mails from the Inspector General or The Columbus Dispatch.

Stickrath said staff attorney Pamela Bolton, who quit Wednesday, assisted Engel and should have informed Stickrath.

Larry James, Engel's attorney, says Engel is cooperating with investigators. A message was left with Bolton.

Stickrath says Engel had access to potentially sensitive law enforcement information from watchdog investigators.

Information from the Columbus Dispatch,



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