Former Governor John Kitzhaber lost the petition to block access to archived emails.
His criminal defense lawyer, Janet Hoffman, had petitioned the state's highest court to block a lower court decision that an independent special master would confidentially sift through emails to see which would be released as pertinent to ongoing litigation with the California software giant Oracle over the failed Cover Oregon project.
The March 24 order, signed by Chief Justice Thomas Balmer, did not explain the court's reasoning. However, Oracle had argued that Hoffman and Kitzhaber failed to show how the plan for outside review would harm him, or was legally flawed.
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