City has Ravenstahl's computer back, copying data possible

The city of Pittsburgh is once again in possession of former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's computer, which became the subject of legal volleying after the Post-Gazette reported he took the computer with him when he left office.

The Post-Gazette reported last month that Mr. Ravenstahl had taken his desktop computer when he left office because, his attorney said, 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.

That spurred UPMC, which is suing the city and Mr. Ravenstahl for violation of its civil rights, to file a motion demanding to know if any evidence had been deleted. On Monday, District Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti told attorneys for both sides to report back to determine if a "mirror image" of the data on the computer could be made.

In a notice filed today, attorneys for both sides affirmed that the city has the computer and that a copy of the data can be made.

Moriah Balingit:, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.

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