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LibraryGate: What did Doug Park hire Hershner Hunter to investigate?

Dave Hubin’s Public Records Office doesn’t seem to want to make that public. So I’ve cced Doug Park on the followup. We’ll see if he’ll oblige.

Surely Doug Park and Doug Blandy were careful to put the terms for an important investigation like this in writing. Right? Or were they so afraid that the details of their witch-hunt might someday find their way into those pesky archives that they set this up with a wink-and-a-nod?

Subject: Re: Public records request, Presidential Archives investigation
Date: February 5, 2015 at 9:40:55 PM PST
Cc: doug park <[email protected]>
To: Lisa Thornton <[email protected]>

Dear Ms Thornton:

I’d appreciate it if you could update me on the status of this public records request, which is now more than a week old.

I’m ccing Interim GC Doug Park, since he should have a copy of the contract etc., and can easily make them available.

Original request on TuesdayJan 27, 2015, at 1:51 AM, 

Dear Ms Thornton:

This is a public records request for a copy of the contract or other similar documents spelling out the scope of work and compensation for the firm UO has hired to investigate the release of documents from the UO Presidential Archives.

A ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest, as demonstrated by the many news stories here:


  1. Ben 02/06/2015

    I wonder if a records-requesting campaign were done– say 5000 people requested the same records–if their office would decide it’s better to get things done before getting bombarded.

  2. just different 02/06/2015

    This is beyond Kafkaesque. Does anyone even know what the “allegations” are? At least in a witch hunt we know who’s accused of what.

    • just the same old JH tricks 02/11/2015

      Standard practice for JH. While the employees are suspended and ordered not to speak with anyone about anything (I am guessing there colleagues have been told not to speak as well), the mouth breathing legal team works round the clock to create actionable allegations from indefensible one-on-one interactions.

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