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May 3, 2013

Records: Solicitor emailed questions aimed at candidate

McQuillan also contacted reference who pulled his recommendation


McQuillan sent a text message to Atkinson at 6:40 p.m., 10 minutes into the interview and as D’Agostino was wrapping up his introductory comments. Atkinson asked several questions, including three of the seven questions found in McQuillan’s email account. Those questions focused on D’Agostino’s ongoing lawsuit against the city of Lawrence involving the end of his service as assistant city solicitor, and whether D’Agostino would go back to work for Lawrence should he win his suit.

Atkinson said yesterday McQuillan did not send him any questions to ask at the meeting.

At about 6:50 p.m. the night of the meeting, D’Agostino answered a question from Atkinson about why Gradzewicz had rescinded his reference. D’Agostino said he was not aware that Gradzewicz emailed the council on March 22 rescinding his reference.

At 6:53 p.m., McQuillan, watching the interview live from home, sent a text message to D’Agostino, saying, “That’s a lie he tried to contact Gradzewicz today!!!!”

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