The Institute for Southern Studies is reporting that the lawyer representing the NAACP and the 92 year old voter at the heart of a lawsuit over NC's strict voting laws have served notice to Civitas:
"I am contacting you to inform you that your organization may be requested to produce certain documents in your possession that are relevant to these issues," says the letter to Civitas from attorney Adam Stein with the Chapel Hill, N.C. office of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen. It continues:
"In connection with this lawsuit, please preserve -- and do not destroy, conceal, alter, and/or make inaccessible -- any paper or electronic files, other electronically stored information or data generated by and/or stored on your computer systems, portable electronic devices (e.g., Blackberrys, iPhones, pagers, etc.) and storage media (e.g., hard disks, USB drives, CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, backup tapes, etc.) that relate in any way to H.B. 589 or any other legislation concerning North Carolina's elections laws that was proposed or enacted during the 2013-2014 session (regular or special) of the North Carolina General Assembly. ... "
The piece notes the Civitas connections to spreading misinformation and fear over illegal voting in NC, as well as the group's involvement in the Elizabeth City's elections board to disquality a Black student from running for office and their publication of a database of Moral Monday protestors.
I would imagine the effort by the NAACP's attorney here is to make sure any records or communications showing that Civitas's work was specifically aimed at disenfranchising minority voters and any influence Pope and Civitas had on the legislation or specific legislators in passing the law is preserved for the court to review.