Pittsburgh, UPMC to meet about Ravenstahl computer data

A judge on Monday ordered lawyers for the city of Pittsburgh and UPMC to meet and determine whether to make a mirror image of the data on former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s computer.

District Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti gave the city and health system until Thursday to tell her “whether and how such an image can be made.”

The order came 10 days after the city submitted an affidavit by Mr. Ravenstahl indicating that he did not delete information from his former work computer.

Prior to leaving office, he removed the computer from the City-County Building because, according to his attorney, he didn’t trust Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration. The computer was subsequently returned to the city, which turned it over to the FBI because that agency has been probing city dealings.

After the Post-Gazette reported on the computer’s travels, UPMC sought to reopen discovery in its federal lawsuit against the city. UPMC has alleged that the city violated its rights by challenging its tax-exempt status.

Judge Conti has stayed the litigation while the city and health system fight in state court over the tax exemption, but she has granted a UPMC motion barring destruction of potential evidence.

Judge Conti hasn’t yet ruled on whether to reopen discovery.

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord. First Published April 7, 2014 1:29 PM

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