A judge in Jefferson City has issued another ruling in the lawsuit against Governor Matt Blunt (R-MO) over the handling of e-mail correspondence. Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan has appointed two individuals as Special Assistant Attorneys General to pursue the suit.

Callahan had earlier ruled that special investigator Mel Fisher lacked standing to bring the lawsuit. Callahan had given Attorney General Jay Nixon (D-MO) ten days to join the lawsuit or for Fisher, the former State Highway Patrol Superintendent, to establish personal standing so that the lawsuit might continue.

Callahan has accepted that Nixon has a conflict and has named two individuals to act as Special Assistant Attorneys General in this matter. They are former Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell (D-MO) and attorney Louis Leonatti. The Court’s earlier dismissal of the suit is further stayed until August 26th to allow the Special Assistant Attorneys General the opportunity to review the case and decide whether a new or amended petition should be filed.