It turns out that Lam was not out checking the roominess of potential family vehicles at the time the e-mail was sent, after all. In an update to her story, posted the same day as the original, Golden writes:

At 5 a.m. Thursday, expecting the story to come out that day, Lam called his boss, Johnson County, Ind., Prosecutor Brad Cooper, and told him he had been up all night thinking about it. “He wanted to come clean, I guess, and said he is the one who sent that email,” Cooper said.

He came into the office and gave his resignation verbally, Cooper told the Daily Journal in Franklin, Ind. The resignation was announced after the Center’s initial story was published.

Email headers with detailed IP addresses suggested that the message was sent from Indianapolis. Lam, an Indianapolis resident, at first told the Center he never wrote it.

It’s important to note that Walker’s people claim they never saw the e-mail, and obviously, no false flag strategy was put in place—unless someone pulled a gun on the governor and I didn’t hear about it. Still, it will be interesting to see if Golden—and enterprising journos like her—find more stories in the governor’s inbox.

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Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.