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The State Journal-Register

October 08. 2010

Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office employees have destroyed or failed to disclose records in the death of accused pedophile A. Paul Carlock, who died after struggling with county jail guards, according to lawyers for Carlock’s relatives.

According to documents filed Wednesday by attorneys for Carlock’s estate, officials might have had a videotape of guards restraining Carlock in the county jail in 2007, but later destroyed it.

Furthermore, the attorneys say, electronic documents pertaining to the case have been wiped from the county’s computer system despite a “litigation hold” barring the destruction of records. Other electronic documents that should have been turned over to the family’s lawyers were discovered only recently by a plaintiff’s computer expert.

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