St. Louis Economic Development Partnership Won’t Release Federal Subpoenas

By on April 9, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Three days after the St. Louis County Council voted to release federal subpoenas seeking communications from St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership said Friday it would not release the subpoenas it received from the U.S. attorney’s office.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office has requested that we not share any information about its investigation, and we are fully cooperating with that office,” Partnership chairman Karlos Ramirez said in a statement. “We are not in a position to provide the requested subpoenas at this time based upon exemptions under the Sunshine Law.”

The Post-Dispatch requested the subpoenas under Missouri’s open records law last week after the Partnership voluntarily disclosed it had received them. The Partnership’s disclosure came a day after the Post-Dispatch reported that St. Louis County had received subpoenas from the U.S. attorney’s office for information on county contracts along with cellphone and email records from county employees and Stenger.

The county subpoena, signed by the U.S. attorney’s white collar chief Hal Goldsmith, also seeks Stenger’s communications since January 2015, the start of his first term, with Partnership employees and board members. It asks for the same communication records between two Partnership-staffed agencies, the St. Louis County Port Authority and the St. Louis County Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority.

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