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Suit claims Blunt staffers ordered deletion of e-mails

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By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – A lawsuit claims Missouri Governor Matt Blunt or his top deputies ordered the destruction of computer backup tapes to avoid giving e-mails to the media.

The lawsuit was filed by investigators appointed by Attorney General Jay Nixon. They're looking into whether Blunt's staff violated the open-records law by deleting some e-mails.

The suit contends the administration sought to have the backup files destroyed after receiving an open-records request from The Associated Press.

Plaintiffs also claim information-technology employees refused to destroy the tapes.

A Blunt spokeswoman said the lawsuit is politically motivated.

She said a newspaper reported the details before the governor's office or his lawyer received a copy of the lawsuit.

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