Missouri Attorney General’s Office Recuses From Trinity Lutheran Case

Apr 18, 2017, 13:22 PM
Apr 18, 2017, 13:20 PM

Jefferson City, Mo.  – First Assistant and Solicitor General John Sauer has announced the recusal of the Missouri Attorney General’s Office from the Trinity Lutheran case:

“Last Thursday, Governor Greitens issued a directive prohibiting state agencies from denying public grants to religious groups on account of their religious nature,” Sauer said. “Because the Attorney General's Office will be called upon to defend this new policy, the Office has recused itself from any further participation in this case. Attorney General Hawley has been personally recused in the case since assuming office in January, as he performed work supporting Trinity Lutheran as a private attorney. Office recusal is now important to preserve the Attorney General's ability to vigorously defend the Governor's policy. Jim Layton, former Missouri Solicitor General under Chris Koster, will represent the Department of Natural Resources going forward in this case and in the oral argument on Wednesday.”


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