Two Mexico Lawyers to Tackle Blunt's Email Lawsuit

Two Mexico Lawyers to Tackle Blunt's Email Lawsuit

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan issued an order today naming two lawyers in Mexico, Mo. — former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell, a Democrat, and Louis Leonatti, a prominent Republican — as “special assistant attorneys general” in the e-mail legal battle involving Gov. Matt Blunt.

The two will examine the legal issues raised in the lawsuit initially filed against Blunt by a special investigative team appointed by Attorney General Jay Nixon to determine whether Blunt’s office were destroying e-mails that needed to be preserved under the state open-records and record-retention laws.

Maxwell’s Democratic credentials are well-known. He’s a former state senator and initially got his political start working for former U.S. Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, D-St. Louis.

 Leonatti is close to Sen. Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo. and retired Sen. John C. Danforth, R-Mo.

Both Danforth and Bond backed Leonatti when he was nominated for a federal judgeship by the first President George Bush. That nomination died when Bush lost to Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992.


Posted: 2008-07-22

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