JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court ruled Tuesday that former Gov. Eric Greitens did not violate open-record laws by using a message-deleting app to chat with his staff. .
The Western District Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision in favor of Greitens, the The Kansas City star reported.
A St. Louis attorney sued Greitens in 2017 for use of the Confide app by the governor’s office. The app deletes messages once the recipient has read them.
Greitens resigned in 2018 facing a possible impeachment and allegations of sexual and political misconduct. He is now a candidate for the United States Senate.
St. Louis attorney Ben Sansone argued that using the app violated Missouri’s open records laws, which are designed to ensure taxpayers have access to government records.
But a lower court judge sided with Greitens and the appeals court judges agreed.
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Still, the appeals court judges said the ruling should not be read as condoning the use of the app by officials, writing the app “has the practical effect of circumventing the scope of Missouri Sunshine Law”.
Mark Pedroli, Sansone’s attorney, told the Kansas City Star that they will try to take the case to the Missouri Supreme Court if necessary.
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