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Two reporters subpoenaed in Mo. governor's suit

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Two journalists were subpoenaed late last week in relation to a wrongful-firing/defamation lawsuit filed by Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt’s former…

Two journalists were subpoenaed late last week in relation to a wrongful-firing/defamation lawsuit filed by Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt’s former staff attorney Scott Eckersley. 

Associated Press reporter David A. Lieb and a former reporter for the Kansas City Star were ordered to appear at the governor’s attorneys’ law firm for questioning about a media packet that Blunt sent out last October.

The media packets defended the governor’s decision to fire Eckersley. They were also sent to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Springfield News-Leader. 

Eckersley alleges that he was fired for suggesting that the governor’s administration was not following open-records protocol for deleting e-mails and that he was defamed in the media packets.