Judge Denies Motions in Troutman vs Clemson Case


A circuit judge on Wednesday denied a motion by attorneys for Eugene Troutman, the fired executive secretary of Clemson University’s board of trustees, that sought documents Troutman’s lawyers believed would bolster their case that Clemson instigated criminal charges against Troutman.

Judge Robin Stilwell also ruled against Troutman’s attempt to get access to letters and emails between the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Clemson University officials and others pertaining to the prosecution of the criminal charges that Troutman illegally took boxes of documents and computer disks belonging to the university, and that he had files wiped from his computer.

The judge said those documents are not exempt from attorney-client privilege.

But he said that Troutman’s attorneys, Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, could hold a new deposition of the assistant solicitor involved and ask questions to try to get at the information they’re seeking.

Bland told the court that in an earlier deposition of Assistant Solicitor Sylvia Harrison, she admitted she lied to Troutman’s attorney in the criminal case, Dick Harpootlian, and admitted that she knew that that Troutman hadn’t destroyed any documents as had been alleged.

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