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2008-07-20 03:00:25

By Jason Noble, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 20--JEFFERSON CITY -- The Missouri attorney general's office Friday asked a judge to appoint a special assistant attorney general in the pending lawsuit against Gov. Matt Blunt over e-mail records. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Richard Callahan recently dismissed the suit, ruling that the plaintiff, former Missouri Highway Patrol chief Mel Fisher, did not have standing. Fisher was appointed last year by Attorney General Jay Nixon to...

2008-07-15 06:00:44

By Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 15--JEFFERSON CITY -- Four years ago, Kenny Hulshof put his ambition aside and cheered on another up-and-coming Republican who sought to be governor. The Ninth District congressman agreed to forego his own planned run and backed Matt Blunt in his successful campaign for the state's top elected prize. Now, Hulshof is hoping a similar gambit works in his favor. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder announced his endorsement of Hulshof's gubernatorial...

2008-07-14 09:00:35

By Scott Lauck Ten-day window left for AG to join case A lawsuit over the e-mail policy of Gov. Matt Blunt might be doomed after a Cole County judge on Friday dismissed the suit on procedural grounds. In a brief order issued a day after he heard arguments in the case, Judge Richard Callahan said former Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Mel Fisher lacked standing to bring the lawsuit. Fisher, who had been appointed by Attorney General Jay Nixon as an independent investigator,...

2008-07-11 15:00:24

By Virginia Young, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 11--JEFFERSON CITY -- Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan has dismissed a special investigative team's lawsuit that sought copies of Gov. Matt Blunt's e-mails. But the judge left open the possibility that the case could be revived if Attorney General Jay Nixon joins the suit. In an order issued shortly after noon today, Callahan said that the plaintiff, former Highway Patrol Col. Mel Fisher, lacks legal standing to bring the...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Jason Noble, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 11--JEFFERSON CITY -- Attorneys on Thursday argued two motions in a lawsuit over access to e-mails from the governor's office, but a Cole County judge took no action in the hearing. In one motion, lawyers for Gov. Matt Blunt argued for dismissal of the lawsuit. In the other, an attorney representing The Kansas City Star and two other media outlets sought to join the case to compel the governor's office to release previously requested...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

A Cole County judge was urged Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit over the state e-mail retention policy of Gov. Matt Blunt's office. Blunt's lawyer, John Holstein, a former state Supreme Court judge who is now in private practice, argued that there was no provision in state law for the lawsuit brought in the case. The suit was filed in May by Mel Fisher, a former superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol who was appointed as an independent investigator in the matter. A lawsuit filed...

2008-07-01 09:00:25

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt signed a bill Monday outlawing cyberbullying, just miles from where a 13-year-old girl committed suicide nearly two years ago after being harassed on the Internet. The bill updates state laws against harassment by removing the requirement that the communication be written or over the telephone. Supporters say the bill now covers harassment from computers, text messages and other electronic devices. "Social networking sites and technology have...

2008-07-01 06:00:23

By Jason Noble, The Kansas City Star, Mo. Jul. 1--JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt on Monday signed into law two bills aimed at making the Internet safer for children. The bills broaden definitions for harassment and stalking to include online communications and require sex offenders to report their online identities to state officials, among other provisions. Previously, criminal harassment was defined as using offensive language or threatening to commit a felony against a...

2008-07-01 06:00:22

By Joel Currier, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jul. 1--Gov. Matt Blunt on Monday signed into law a measure targeting stalking and harassment on the Internet, just two miles from where a teenage girl killed herself in 2006 after receiving cruel messages online. The bill revises the state's harassment law by including telephone and electronic communication. The new law makes harassment a felony for adults who stalk on the Internet or make credible threats against a victim or his or her...

2007-03-30 18:00:17

A Missouri woman learned the hard way that nothing stored on a computer is private when photos documenting her pregnancy appeared on the Internet. Jessica Robinson, press secretary to Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she realized something was wrong when she began getting obscene telephone calls at work. It's devastating, she said. Robinson's husband took the nude pictures while she was pregnant in 2003 and 2004. The couple's son was born that May. Someone...