A lawyer for former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is trying to prevent the release of his personal emails to criminal investigators.

Records from two personal email accounts that Kitzhaber used were archived on state servers. A staffer for the former governor had asked that they be removed, but technicians refused.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1F6y00f ) that Kitzhaber's lawyer, Janet Hoffman, has asked state authorities not to open or share those emails until she has a chance to remove those that she deems personal or protected by attorney-client privilege.

Separately, Hoffman asked state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to open a criminal investigation into the apparent leak of some of the emails to Willamette Week. The emails showed Kitzhaber's interactions with another attorney as well as his fiancee's plans to take a more active role in his office.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com