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April 19, 2014, 5:34 am

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City Asks To See Christian's Documents


The City of Springfield wants to see some private documents from the man who is suing the city over destruction of public records. They also want to know just how much help he had in crafting his well known FOIA request. 

 

In the ongoing file shredding controversy, a request to produce documents was sent to Calvin Christian's attorneys this week.

 

Christian is the Pure News Reporter who is suing the city over the premature destruction of police internal affairs files that he requested in April of this year. In the most recent filing, the city asks for emails, phone records and other forms of communication in which Christian was in pursuit of documents from the city.

 

The city wants everything since January of this year. Christian had several FOIA requests leading up to the April request that seems to have triggered the premature destruction of Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher's 2008 IA file.

 

The city, being represented by Daniel Noll and the Assistant Corporate Counsel to the city Steven Rahn, are also asking for a copy of the agreement between Christian and his attorneys.

 

In another filing, the city is asking about Christian's business associations, including documentation of his work at Pure News and all the people he worked with in crafting the FOIA requests.

 

The city also wants to know who told Christian the documents were destroyed. A series of depositions of other key players in the files destruction has been going on for the past couple weeks.

 

Christian is suing the city on 73 counts of destroying documents with a pending FOIA request. The city settled on one file, the 2008 Cliff Buscher file.

 

A special appellate prosecutor and the Illinois State Police are investigating if any criminal wrongdoing happened in the early destruction of the requested IA files.

 

Police Chief Robert Williams retired while the city's chief legal counsel Mark Cullen resigned in the aftermath of revelations of the destruction of internal affairs files. 

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