U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson held the emails are admissible in the trial of former Del. Phillip Hamilton because he allowed them to remain stored on the office computer even after a policy went into effect that said all office emails would be considered public information.
The government contends the emails establish Hamilton’s intention to seek a university position that he helped create as a legislator.
Hudson also rejected Hamilton’s claim of marital privilege to protect his emails. Hudson said the privilege was waived by the failure to remove the emails from a public computer system.
Hamilton’s trial is scheduled for May 2.