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Sarasota Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 7 years ago

Barbetta court hearing canceled

by: Robin Roy City Editor

A court hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16, to determine whether County Commissioner Joe Barbetta had to surrender his computer has been canceled.

A legal consultant for two citizens groups suing Barbetta says that an agreement may be reached soon that would allow his computer to be examined without the need for a judge’s intervention.

The lawsuit claims that the commissioner has been conducting business, specifically on spring-training baseball, using his personal e-mail account.

The groups say when they made a public-records request for all of Barbetta’s e-mails, at least 28 from his personal account were not provided.

Barbetta said he has nothing to hide and thought he had provided all the relevant e-mails.

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