Arguments made in lawsuit alleging Missouri Auditor Galloway violated Sunshine Law

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MISSOURI (MONET) – A conservative non-profit group claims Democratic State Auditor Nicole Galloway has violated Missouri’s Sunshine Law by allowing public records to be destroyed.

Final arguments were made Tuesday in a lawsuit that was filed over a year ago.  Because presiding Judge Jon Beetem of Cole County Circuit Court in Jefferson City directed the parties to file further written arguments, the case will likely not be resolved until October.

Missouri Alliance for Freedom originally brought a suit in 2017 after it claimed Galloway’s office delayed responding to its request for records and allowed electronic information to be deleted.

Barbara Wood, Galloway’s senior legal, counsel initially provided documents to the non-profit and testified later in 2017 that she’d provided Missouri Alliance for Freedom with 14,000 records.  None of those records were from Galloway’s cell phone.

The Sunshine request originally sought all records of communication Galloway’s office had sent and received since she had served is auditor in 2015.

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