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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Missouri E-Mail Saga Just Gets Better and Better...

The Kansas City Star and two other Missouri news organizations asked Wednesday to intervene in a lawsuit to obtain copies of e-mail messages to and from members of Gov. Matt Blunt’s staff.

The Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press filed a joint motion to join the lawsuit filed by independent investigators appointed by Attorney General Jay Nixon. The three-member investigative team is trying to determine whether Blunt destroyed public records that the law says must be retained.

The governor’s office had previously refused to disclose to the three news outlets many of the same documents now sought by the independent investigators.

The governor’s office last year either denied the news outlets’ requests outright or demanded thousands of dollars in fees before the requests would be considered. The motion says the denial and demands for excessive fees violate the Missouri Sunshine law, which gives the public access to government records with limited exceptions...

Blunt's office issued a statement saying he was disappointed that the two newspapers “would join forces with the campaign of Jay Nixon, the Democrat candidate for governor.”

More -- much more -- here.

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