ACLU Files Suit For Release of Mueth Embezzlement Documents

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The American Civil Liberties Union files suit for the release of documents related to the Ed Mueth embezzlement case.

Mueth was the county health department official who committed suicide amid suspicions he stole millions from county taxpayers.

Missouri’s Executive Director of the ACLU Jeffrey Mittman says the public has a right to read an FBI audit of the case.

“It’s just unfortunate that Missouri really leads the way in open and transparent government,” he says. “We have a really strong public information law, and we think that’s good. It’s good for the people of Missouri and, in this case, the people of the county of St. Louis. Unfortunately, we wish we did not have to go to court.”

The U.S. Attorney here says the audit was prepared for St. Louis police and cannot be released, but the ACLU argues that once the police gave the audit to the county executive’s office, it became a public record subject to the Sunshine Law.

“If the County believes that there’s a conflict, they have the option of getting an opinion from the Attorney General, or they have the option of going to court to say that they can’t turn over,” Mittman says. “But to just refuse to do that, to just not follow Missouri’s public information Sunshine Law, that’s improper action.”

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