White House suffers loss in e-mail case

November 10, 2008 12:27:56 PM PST
A federal judge has ruled against the Bush administration in a court battle over the White House's problem-plagued e-mail system.

U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy says two private groups may pursue their case as they press the administration to recover millions of possibly missing electronic messages.

Kennedy rejected the government's request to throw out the lawsuits filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive.

The Bush administration had argued that the courts did not have the power to order the White House to retrieve any missing e-mails.