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Judge grants motion for UAH to turn over records

Amy Bishop Anderson (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections) Amy Bishop Anderson (Source: Alabama Department of Corrections)

There are new developments in the Amy Bishop Anderson lawsuit.

The judge granted a motion to have UA-Huntsville turn over thousands of emails and phone records, but it will not come cheap, and the school will not have to pay for it.

The plaintiffs in this case want to know if university officials knew Bishop Anderson was a serious threat before the shootings.

There are 60 UAH hard drives with information from October 2009 through February 11, 2010 - the day before the shootings that are sitting in a warehouse, and they will remain there until the plaintiffs pay a vendor to process the data.

The plaintiffs are the families of two of the three co-workers Bishop Anderson shot and killed in the Shelby Center.

Judge Ruth Ann Hall granted the plaintiffs' motion to compel UAH to turn over the computer data, but she also told the attorney for the family of Dr. Maria Ragland Davis that the plaintiffs would have to pay a reasonable price to get that information processed.

Bishop Anderson, her husband, and UAH provost Dr. Vistasp Karbhari are defendants, and the plaintiffs want emails and phone call logs. They are looking to find out if the provost, the university's former president, or any other school staff could foresee Bishop Anderson as a threat. They are looking for any calls made to security and any emails that referenced her.

Hall is giving the attorney's 30 days to come back with what they think is a reasonable price to pay. Hall said it could cost around $900,000 to process the computer data. She advised them that the processing costs could be reduced if they streamlined their search, using key words like "Bishop" or "security."

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