News Jun 2, 2022 at 5:11 pm

It'd be nice if we knew. Here's why we don't.

Did our last mayor commit a felony? It'd be nice if we knew. Lester Black

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Before I decide how upset to get over a bunch of missing text messages I would like to know whether phone calls between the mayor, fire chief, and police chief during a civil emergency are recorded.

Is there a recording of every phone call made by the mayor? Not just call records but actual recordings of the conversation. If so then yes the texts should have been preserved, if not, then who cares?

At the time a bunch of anarchists were rioting across downtown and Capitol Hill.
They were committing acts of arson and violence. So I would expect the mayor and both chiefs to be communicating rapidly. If it’s not required to record their phone communications then I don’t see why texts should be viewed any different.

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@1: Because "Jenny's texts" are just like "Hillary's e-mail server," but for the Seattle Durkan-hating left. They'll never be able to just ... let ... it ... go.

(If you recall the actual story, she believed everything was being properly backed-up, but it wasn't. The author here is trying to confect a felony out of an IT failure. I wish him all of the success his predecessors here have had with the same task.)

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@3 I'm sure there will be a follow up article about TS's favorite socialist council member condemning her and her staff's continued use of gmail accounts instead of their city provided email so they can circumnavigate the public disclosure laws. It's only been going on her entire time in office so any time now.

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^^ any chance to mention Hillary, anarchists, and Sawant must not be missed by the old cranks...a triumph of stupidity.

Durkin buried evidence. And she should have exposed Carmen Best for leadership failures and general incompetence. Best refused to take responsibility for actions taken by those in her chain of command, police guild incompetents who abandoned the East Precinct.

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We're aware of two prosecutions for document destruction in recent years, but those actions are extremely rare in Washington state and do little to undermine the impression that these cases simply don't happen. Former Skamania County Auditor John Michael Garvison in 2012 pleaded guilty to document destruction when he ordered his staff to shred his own expense records. Kevin Hulten, a former analyst to disgraced former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, in 2014 was charged with evidence tampering for wiping information from his county computer. He pleaded guilty. Those are the only cases we recall, although there may be others. The difficulty in bringing record destruction charges, in our experience, is finding a prosecutor willing to file them. Will Casey's story exemplifies the problem perfectly. -- Washington Coalition for Open Government

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We're aware of two prosecutions for document destruction in recent years, but those actions are extremely rare in Washington state and do little to undermine the impression that these cases simply don't happen. Former Skamania County Auditor John Michael Garvison in 2012 pleaded guilty to document destruction when he ordered his staff to shred his own expense records. Kevin Hulten, a former analyst to disgraced former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, in 2014 was charged with evidence tampering for wiping information from his county computer. He pleaded guilty. Those are the only cases we recall, although there may be others. The difficulty in bringing record destruction charges, in our experience, is finding a prosecutor willing to file them. Will Casey's story exemplifies the problem perfectly. -- Washington Coalition for Open Government

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I’m sure given if I read through the city councils text messages I could build a criminal case against half of them. It’s a witch hunt trying to go after Durkan and Best and the repeat articles about how corrupt they are is getting old, when there’s current corrupt council members in office still.

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@7: "...the repeat articles about how corrupt they are is getting old, when there’s current corrupt council members in office still."

As @3 implied, this is a feature, not a bug.


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