Portsmouth Herald Takes State To Court Over Email Request

May 6, 2015

Contamination at Pease International Tradeport and how the state responded to it is the subject of a Right to Know request filed by Seacoast Media Group and the Portsmouth Herald. The paper requested emails regarding blood testing for people who were possibly exposed to the contamination. The company made the request two months ago, and the state still has not handed over the emails. Both sides met in court Tuesday. Portsmouth Herald reporter Jeff McMenemy speaks with NHPR's Peter Biello. 

State Assistant Attorney General MaryBeth Misluk says the state will be able to comply with the order to provide emails twenty-one days from the judge's order, which has not yet been handed down.

She says some information, such as phone numbers, dates of birth, and other identifying information, may be redacted from the emails.

She says the state has moved "expeditiously" to turn over these emails and that there has not been an unreasonable delay.

As for Rick Cricenti, the man who authored the emails in question: he will be the one to identify which emails should be turned over. Misluk says it is not standard practice to have a third party search emails in cases like these to make sure nothing has been overlooked.