Gov. Patrick Backs Decision To Deny Phone Records

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is defending a decision to deny requests for detailed phone records of calls Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray made before and after he crashed his state-owned car.

Patrick, speaking Thursday on his monthly radio show on WTKK-FM, said he’s asked Murray lots of questions about the Nov. 2 crash and is convinced Murray has answered them openly.

Patrick said his administration shouldn’t have to produce itemized records of Murray’s cell phone calls.

The administration has released monthly charges on Murray’s phone which don’t show individual calls.

Patrick said it would set a “terrible precedent” to create more detailed records in response to requests from reporters. He said it’s unreasonable to ask Murray to prove a negative.

Police said Murray was speeding and likely fell asleep moments before the crash.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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