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IG report: No wrongdoing with 'pancake' e-mails



Florida Transportation Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos was cleared Friday of allegations that she skirted state public records laws in a series of unusual e-mail exchanges with a co-worker.

A 24-page report by Gov. Charlie Crist's chief inspector general said Kopelousos and a top aide were not using "code words" when they sent e-mails with subjects such as "pancake" and "French Toast."

The report also said an employee's error caused a delay in sending a state senator 8,000 e-mails in response to a public records request.

Kopelousos told investigators that no employee tried to subvert public records laws. She added, "At the end of the day, I'm responsible. Period. Whatever decisions are made at that agency, I am responsible." (Full story is here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:17pm]


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