This is on top of the fact that we've learned that the Republicans all had to sign oaths of silence regarding the gerrymandering process:
The internal and external hard drives come from the three computers that legislative aides, lawyers and consultants used to draw the maps. One of the nine hard drives had a stripped screw, dents and scratches and is unreadable.
Lanterman did not tell the court how many documents had been deleted from the hard drives, but a lawyer for the plaintiffs called the number "substantial."
Included in the documents released Monday was a set of talking points that stressed that those who discussed the maps could eventually be called as a witness in a court case.Despite their oaths, their corruption was exposed for all to see.
"Public comments on this map may be different than what you hear in this room. Ignore the public comments," the talking points also say.
It will be interesting to see what the forensic investigation yields. If there was indeed tampering of evidence, there could be serious charges involved. Ideally, this case would have already been referred to the FBI for further investigation to see exactly just who was involved with the evidence tampering and have them brought to justice.
Interestingly, Scott Walker has had nothing to say about any of this. But then again, he's probably afraid that any comment he might make would only serve to remind people that Walkergate also involved the destruction of digital evidence. It was Darlene Wink's willingness to testify regarding this that helped her get a plea deal with the DA's Office.
I also couldn't help but notice that not one of the right wing pundits have mentioned the new findings. Apparently corruption is only OK if a Republican does it.
Lastly, even though it should be so obvious that it needn't be pointed out, the question that should be on everyone's mind is that if the Republican is so wonderful, why do they need to resort to such secrecy, such corruption as to destroying the evidence of their work. If it was such a good thing, one would think that they would be screaming it from the building tops.
Obviously, the answer is that their agenda is not good for the state or its citizens. Their agenda only goes to serve their corporate masters, who don't really give a damn about any of us except how much more they can squeeze from us.