Former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has provided an affidavit indicating that he "did not delete data or files from the computer" that he used while in office and then removed from the City-County Building for a time, according to a court filing today.
Attorney Ronald Barber, who was retained by the city in a court fight over UPMC's tax-exempt status, filed the document in U.S. District Court today.
It responded to UPMC's motion to reopen discovery in a lawsuit, in which UPMC alleges that the city violated its rights by selectively challenging its tax-exempt status. The lawsuit is stayed while the city and health system fight in state court over the tax exemption, during which time Mr. Ravenstahl and the city were ordered not to destroy any potential evidence.
UPMC filed the motion to lift the stay in response to news reports that Mr. Ravenstahl took his computer because he did not trust the new administration of Mayor Bill Peduto.
Mr. Ravenstahl has since returned the computer.
UPMC’s assertion that Ravenstahl may have deleted data from the computer is nothing more than speculation," Mr. Barber wrote.
The matter is before U.S. District Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti.
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