** CHANGES NAME FROM MEL BLUNT TO ROY BLUNT ** Missouri Governor, Matt Blunt, addresses an audience north of Seneca, Mo, on Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Blunt, along with, U.S. Representative Roy Blunt, left, and Homeland Secretary, Michael Chertoff, right, talked about disaster relief to some of the residents that were affected by a deadly tornado that hit southwest Missouri on Saturday, May 10.(AP Photo/Mike Gullett)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) A bipartisan pair of prominent attorneys has renewed a lawsuit seeking e-mail records from Governor Matt Blunt's office.
The amended lawsuit filed yesterday 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's office.
Nixon named an investigatory team last fall to look into whether Blunt's office is complying with Missouri's Sunshine Law and document retention policies.