Now standard in e-discovery is searching for some smoking guns among the email. When I was deposed for a case related to one I had blogged, the desk in that room was filled with emails I had exchanged with a lawyer at Jones Day. All were marked as exhibits. As far as I could discern, all were innocuous. The case never went to trial. I assumed the ritual, including retrieving the email, was performed as intimidation. With the exception of using humor (which I no longer do), I had been circumspect in email.
Yet, here on the ninth day of the first month of 2014, we read the headline on the first page of the influential THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: "Bridge-Spat Emails Pose Questions For Christie." Here is that article by Ted Mann and Heather Haddon (sub. req.) The emails are related to the alleged closing down of entrances to the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee, New Jersey to punish the town's Democratic mayor. Those allegedly in the loop are supporters of the state's Republican Governor Chris Christie.
So far the emails do not have a direct link to Christie. However, pressure from the powers that be could cause some supporters to cave. They could testify to what Christie knew and when did he know it. Of course, that could damage his prospects for being a presidential candidate for 2016.
In BLOOMBERG, David Voreacos reports, "Federal prosecutors in New Jersey opened a probe into the scandal prompted when aides to Governor Chris Christie triggered a days-long traffic jam near the George Washington Bridge. Here is that article.