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Former Blunt aide gets apology letter from state

By Rachel Lippmann/AP

Jefferson City, MO – Missouri's attorney general has signed a letter defending the reputation and work of a fired aide to former Gov. Matt Blunt.

Scott Eckersley was fired in September 2007; he sued in January 2008, claiming he'd been fired after warning the administration it was not property retaining e-mail messages. Blunt has repeatedly said Eckersley was fired for legitimate reasons.

Eckersley settled the lawsuit in May for $500,000 - no one admitted wrongdoing. But the former aide had insisted he was owed an apology letter from the state.

That letter, issued Tuesday by Attorney General Chris Koster, says Eckersley offered Blunt's administration advice about the Sunshine Law, was permitted to do limited outside legal work and had not used drugs.