Special assistant US attorneys join anti-crime effort
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Five attorneys from the Missouri Attorney General's office are now turning their attention to violent crime in St. Louis, and a few more will soon take on similar tasks in...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Monday sued the Missouri Attorney General's Office, alleging that it violated the state's open-records laws under the...
$30 million settlement in sweepstakes scam aimed at elderly
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The operators of a sweepstakes scam that affected senior citizens and others will forfeit $30 million in cash and assets under a record settlement announced Thursday by the...
Partnership aims to reduce violent crime in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Missouri attorney general's office is partnering with the U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis to address high rates of violent crime in St. Louis.
Attorney General Eric Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen announced details of the "Safer Streets" initiative at a news conference Tuesday.
Inmate alleging assault by guard may have sentence restored
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) — A former Missouri prison inmate who is suing a guard and counselor who she says sexually assaulted her will be re-traumatized for no practical reason if she is sent back to the same facility, her lawyer said.
No legal action against college, charity tied to Greitens
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri attorney general's office is not pursuing legal action against two groups related to concerns that former Gov. Eric Greitens' used their resources for political gain.
Incoming Missouri Attorney General Schmitt filling in staff
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's incoming Attorney General Eric Schmitt is tapping a former assistant U.S. attorney to lead criminal litigation in the office.
Schmitt on Thursday announced he's picking Cristian Stevens to be deputy attorney general for criminal litigation.
That means Stevens will lead the office's criminal divisions. The Missouri attorney general's office handles criminal litigation including Medicaid fraud and appeals cases.
Missouri Attorney General’s Office slams claims on Hawley
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Attorney General's Office is pushing back against allegations that Josh Hawley misused public resources to boost his successful U.S. Senate campaign as the secretary of state investigates him.
First Assistant and Solicitor General John Sauer in a Monday letter called the complaint against the outgoing attorney general "a frivolous act of political harassment."
The Latest: Attorney General’s Office slams Hawley complaint
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on allegations against Attorney General Josh Hawley (all times local):
The Missouri Attorney General's Office is pushing back against allegations that Josh Hawley misused public resources to boost his successful U.S. Senate campaign.
First Assistant and Solicitor General John Sauer in a Monday letter called the complaint against Hawley "a frivolous act of political harassment."
Missouri attorney general seeks court order for church files
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Attorney General's Office is seeking court orders for Catholic dioceses to provide records as part of an investigation into potential clergy abuse.
Spokeswoman Mary Compton in a Tuesday statement said the office wants personnel records, records relating to allegations of abuse and other documents from Missouri Catholic organizations.
Campaign consultants worked with Hawley’s official staff
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Out-of-state political consultants that went on to help run Republican Josh Hawley's U.S. Senate campaign began advising his staff in the Missouri Attorney General's Office soon after his inauguration to the seat, prompting Democrats to renew criticism of him as a ladder-climber.
The Latest: Missouri appeals ruling on voter photo ID
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge to Missouri's voter photo identification law(all times local):
The Missouri Attorney General's Office has appealed a judge's ruling that blocked enforcement of parts of a voter photo identification law.
Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Thursday announced the appeal was officially filed. Ashcroft says the attorney general also requested the ruling be put on hold as the appeals process plays out.
The Latest: Attorney general reviewing campaign finance case
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit over a Missouri ban on donations between political action committees (all times local):
The Missouri Attorney General's Office is reviewing an appeals court ruling against a state ban on donations from one political action committee to another.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that the ban on PAC-to-PAC giving unconstitutionally violates committees' right to free speech.
Missouri backs off its defense of hair braiding licensure
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Attorney General's Office is backing off its defense of soon-to-be outdated requirements that hair braiders be licensed as cosmetologists.
Attorney General Josh Hawley on Wednesday said the state is waiving its response in a U.S. Supreme Court lawsuit against the requirements. He says the case will be irrelevant once a new Missouri law takes effect Aug. 28 to end licensure requirements.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits filed over the sinking of tourist boat in Branson (all times local):
The Missouri attorney general's office says it has opened a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the tourist boat that sank on a Missouri lake, killing 17 people.
Attorney General Josh Hawley's office confirmed Monday that it has an open investigation under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act into the July 19 duck boat incident at Table Rock Lake.
BUFFALO, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors have decided not to retry a southwest Missouri man accused in the shooting death of his wife on Christmas Day 2006, saying they couldn't determine if she was killed or killed herself from evidence found at the scene.
Missouri AG settles suit with owner of smoldering landfill
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The operator of a suburban St. Louis landfill where an underground fire smolders near a Cold War-era nuclear waste will pay $16 million to settle a lawsuit with the state of Missouri.
The settlement announced Friday ends five years of litigation between the Missouri attorney general's office and Bridgeton Landfill, along with its current and former owners.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge will allow lawyers for a man accused of a two-state murder spree to send an investigator to Mexico to research the man's childhood and background, and he has ordered the Missouri attorney general's office to pay most of the cost.
Pablo Serrano-Vitorino goes to trial in October in the March 2016 death of a Montgomery County, Missouri, man. He also is accused of killing four men in Kansas City, Kansas. He could face the death penalty in the Missouri case.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Planned Parenthood and the state's Attorney General's office continue to battle in federal court over new regulations of medication-induced abortions enacted this year during a special session of the Missouri Legislature.
Greitens case: Judge weighs disqualifying prosecutors
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An attorney for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens told a judge Tuesday that the lies and misdeeds of a private investigator involved in one felony case against the Republican governor have also "permeated and corroded" a second case.
State wants man sent back to prison in wife’s death
BUFFALO, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Attorney General's Office wants a man whose conviction for killing his wife was vacated sent back to prison.
Charity backs probe into ‘misuse’ of resources by Greitens
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A veterans' charity founded by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says it will support an attorney general's inquiry into "the misuse of our resources by the Greitens campaign," following reports that the Republican governor used the charity's donor list and email account as he launched his political career.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on an attorney general's inquiry into The Mission Continues (all times local):
The Missouri attorney general's office has an open inquiry into a veterans charity founded by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.
A spokeswoman for Attorney General Josh Hawley said Thursday that the office is looking into the charitable activities of The Mission Continues. It wasn't clear when the inquiry began.
The Latest: AG’s office asks court to reconsider sanction
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on a federal judge fining the Missouri attorney general's office for failing to produce documents for a lawsuit (all times local):
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is asking a federal judge to reconsider a $500 fine against his office for failure to produce documents in a police brutality suit.
Correction: Police Shooting-St Louis-Inquiry story
ST. LOUIS (AP) — In a story Dec. 5 about an investigation into whether DNA evidence was withheld in a wrongful-death civil case related to a St. Louis police shooting, The Associated Press indicated erroneously that the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners was a city entity. The board was a state entity at the time that the DNA evidence was provided to the board in 2012.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Investigator: Ex-AG's office withheld DNA evidence in suit
Federal judge allows Missouri Backpage investigation
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Backpage.com that was aimed at blocking Missouri Attorney General's Office from investigating it.
Attorney General Josh Hawley on Wednesday praised the decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Cohen.
Hawley's office in May had demanded documents and other information from Backpage to investigate whether the company violated the state's consumer-protection laws.
Missouri rape kit audit set to be done in early 2018
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Attorney General's Office says it hopes to determine by early next year how many untested rape kits are on shelves in Missouri, a first step in an effort to improve the state's response to sexual assault.
The Latest: Google responds to Missouri investigation
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a Missouri Attorney General's Office investigation of Google (all times local):
Google is defending itself after Missouri's attorney general launched an investigation of the company for potential violations of the state's antitrust and consumer-protection laws.
Google spokesman Patrick Lenihan in a Monday statement said the company has "strong privacy protections in place" and operates in a "highly competitive" environment.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a man awaiting retrial in the deaths of two sisters forced off an abandoned Mississippi River bridge in St. Louis say in a court filing that they're negotiating with the Missouri Attorney General's Office on an unspecified plea agreement.
Reginald Clemons spent 22 years on death row before a judge last year granted a retrial, citing procedural errors in his original trial. The retrial is scheduled for August.
Missouri Attorney General: Church lawsuit should proceed
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawyers for a Missouri church and the state submitted letters on Tuesday arguing that a case before the U.S. Supreme Court should proceed as planned despite a recent rule change that raised questions about the lawsuit's relevance.
Missouri sheriff in office while facing 18 charges
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri sheriff was back in office Thursday despite his arrest on 18 counts, including an allegation that he handcuffed an innocent 77-year-old woman with so much force that she suffered a heart attack.
The FBI and Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Mississippi County Sheriff Cory Hutcheson Wednesday. He was briefly jailed in nearby Cape Girardeau County before being released on $75,000 bond.
Missouri Supreme Court ruling may impact stealing charges
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri attorney general's office is reviewing a recent state Supreme Court ruling that may impact the criminal charge of felony stealing.
The Missouri Supreme Court cited contradictory language in state criminal code when ruling this week in a case where a woman was convicted of stealing firearms, jewelry and other items, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2bDEKgP ) reports.