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City of Atlanta Makes Records Related to the U.S. Department of Justice Investigation of E.R. Mitchell and C.P. Richards Available Online
Posted Date: 3/2/2017 2:30 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell
jgarland@atlantaga.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2017

News Release

City of Atlanta Makes Records Related to the U.S. Department of Justice Investigation of E.R. Mitchell and C.P. Richards Available Online

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta announced today that records related to the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into E.R. Mitchell and C.P. Richards are now available online through a secure Online Document Repository, or ODR. In total, more than 1.3 million pages of documents are now accessible online through the ODR.

Users are able to register for an account to use the ODR at this site: http://www.sullivanstrickler.com/contact-coa.html.

The ODR offers several features designed to make review of the materials user-friendly and accessible. Once registered, a user can:
  • Perform full-text searches;
  • Instantly pre-view up to 400 pages of any document;
  • Download any document; and
  • Tag a document or folder as a favorite.
The ODR is also accessible through the Citrix ShareFile mobile app for iPhone and Android. Citrix users will login with the same credentials as the ODR site.

Documents are arranged in three categories: documents related to E.R. Mitchell and C.P. Richards, documents related to Mitzi Bickers, and documents related to Adam Smith. Documents are labeled according to the Bates numbering system used to identify and track documents in legal proceedings. The Bates system places identifying numbers on documents for reference, and those numbers do not reflect a count of documents. The majority of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets have been uploaded in their native excel format. However, due to technical difficulties, a portion of the spreadsheets have been provided in .pdf format with full-text searching and maximizing capabilities.

The City of Atlanta made 1.3 million pages of documents available for review by the press and public within weeks of the U.S. Attorney’s announcement of the investigation. The City then made all contracts for companies associated with E.R. Mitchell and C.P. Richards available online within two business days. Many spreadsheets were difficult to read due to printing issues; the City made these spreadsheets available online the following week.

The City of Atlanta’s top priority is full cooperation with the ongoing federal criminal investigation. Additionally, the City will continue to work to ensure the press and public have access to all non-privileged, non-private records produced for the federal investigation in a timely manner as those documents continue to be produced.

The ODR replaces the FTP drives which originally contained contracts and spreadsheets due to the limitations of FTP storage capacity. Furthermore, the documents held in Old Council Chambers will no longer be available for review as those documents are now available electronically. All printed documents will be recycled.

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