Gov. Matt Blunt's top aides ordered state employees to break the law by destroying copies of government e-mails so they wouldn't ever become public, a lawsuit filed Monday charges.The story says that the effort last fall failed, the suit says, because two supervisors in the state Office of Administration refused the orders.
The lawsuit was filed in Cole County Circuit Court against Blunt and Dan Ross, the state's custodian of records, by an independent investigative team set up by Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon. Ross oversees the computer system that handles and preserves e-mails for most of state government.
The suit asks a judge to order that Ross recover all the e-mails on the targeted backup tapes and turn them over to the court. The suit accuses Blunt's staff of "a pattern and practice of behavior with the clear intent to prevent the disclosure of public records."