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Mon Aug 24, 2015, 03:18 PM

109. This Is Very Interesting.....

first because the work was done allegedly "on the behalf of the public". Second, because they are now acknowledging that a lot of this material doesn't exist! Can you say cover up? Sure you can.

Gibson Dunn Fighting Metadata Request in Bridgegate Case


The law firm New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hired to investigate the closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge is asking a federal judge to reject a demand by two of Christie's former aides to turn over metadata related to the internal investigation.

The New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher filed a motion with U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton of the District of New Jersey on Aug. 21, asking her to quash the metadata demand filed by Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, and Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New Yew York and New Jersey, which owns and operates the bridge.

Kelly and Baroni, who are under indictment for their alleged roles in the Sept. 9-13, 2013, lane closures in Fort Lee, are demanding all information held by Gibson Dunn related to its internal investigation of the lane closures. Gibson Dunn concluded that Christie, who is seeking the Republican Party's nomination for president, played no role in the scheme. Lawyers from the firm interviewed dozens of Christie's staff members and political associates as part of the investigation.

Wigenton already has ordered the firm to turn over to the defendants all interview notes, recordings and transcripts.

Randy Mastro, the lead attorney at Gibson, Dunn, has argued that there are no notes, transcripts or recordings, other than the volumes of memoranda that the firm already has released to the public.

In the motion to quash, Mastro called the demand for metadata, which would identify which lawyers at the firm accessed documents and when, a "waste of time and judicial resources." Kelly and Baroni, Mastro said, are engaging in a "fishing expedition" that needs to be stopped.

"Defendants inappropriately attempt to exploit Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 17(c) as a sweeping discovery tool against a nonparty, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP...targeting a law firm's work product, already knowing that most of what they seek does not exist," Mastro said in the motion. "GDC has already effectively complied with the subpoena duces tecum that defendants directed at the firm by producing all of the memoranda of the interviews it conducted during its investigation on behalf of the Office of the Governor of New Jersey...which were publicly released after GDC issued its findings."


read the rest here: http://www.njlawjournal.com/id=1202735546145/Gibson-Dunn-Fighting-Metadata-Request-in-Bridgegate-Case?cn=20150824&pt=Breaking%20News&src=EMC-Email&et=editorial&bu=New%20Jersey%20Law%20Journal&slreturn=20150724161055

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