St. Louis Public Radio News
8:47 am
Tue August 26, 2008

Attorneys renew lawsuit over Blunt e-mails

Jefferson City, MO – A bipartisan pair of prominent attorneys has renewed a lawsuit seeking e-mail records from Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's office.

The amended lawsuit filed Monday also renews an assertion that someone acting under the control of the governor's office sought to destroy backup e-mail records.

The new version of the lawsuit was filed by former Democratic Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell and Republican attorney Louis Leonatti.

They were appointed by a court as special assistant attorneys general after Blunt's office objected to the legal authority of a St. Louis lawyer chosen by Attorney General Jay Nixon.

Nixon named an investigative team last fall to look into whether Blunt's office is complying with Missouri's open records laws.