Palin ordered to save e-mails

A judge in Alaska is ordering Gov. Sarah Palin to preserve her private e-mail messages regarding state business, until a lawsuit requesting that they be made public is resolved.

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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin must save any e-mails she sent from private accounts regarding state business, an Anchorage judge ordered Friday.

The e-mails must be preserved until a lawsuit requesting that the e-mails be made public is resolved, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Craig Stowers said. The judge also said e-mails from private accounts belonging to Palin's staff must be preserved.

Palin and her staff used about a dozen private e-mail accounts for state business, and a Yahoo account belonging to Palin was hacked earlier this year.

State officials should work with Yahoo and other e-mail service providers to preserve the e-mails, including those from accounts that have already been deleted, the judge ordered.

Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, is no longer using private e-mail accounts for state business, Assistant Attorney General Mike Mitchell said.

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