A lawsuit claims Gov. Matt Blunt or his top deputies ordered the destruction of the state's backup e-mail tapes to avoid giving them to the media. The lawsuit was filed Monday by investigators appointed by Attorney General Jay Nixon to look into whether Blunt's office has violated the open-records law by deleting some e-mails.
The suit contends Blunt's administration sought to have the backup files destroyed after receiving an Oct. 31 open-records request from The Associated Press. The suit says the tapes were not destroyed because computer technology employees refused to do so.