2018 NEWS ARCHIVES 

AG Hawley Releases Preliminary Results of Rape Kit Audit


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 24, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released a preliminary report highlighting important results from the statewide rape kit audit conducted by his Office. The preliminary report indicates that there are at least 4,889 untested sexual assault kits currently in the possession of law enforcement agencies, crime labs, and healthcare providers in Missouri. Read more...

AG Hawley Encourages Attorneys to Support Missouri’s Military and Veterans


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 22, 2018)  – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today reiterated his commitment to Missouri’s military servicemembers and veterans announcing that the Military Legal Assistance Team (MLAT) is now providing pro bono legal aid to those with qualifying legal needs. In December, AG Hawley announced the formation of an advisory board to develop Missouri’s first statewide attorney general-led program offering military communities access to pro bono civil legal services. Read more...

AG Hawley Leads Coalition in Support of Stiffer Penalties for Irresponsible Drug Manufactures


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 21, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson, led a bipartisan coalition of 39 state and territory attorneys general to call on congressional leaders to promptly pass measures to help hold opioid manufacturers accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic and stem the diversion of their drugs to the illicit market.   Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Sex Abuse Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 17, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Johnny Hardwick, 44, of Fremont, MO, pled guilty to sexually abusing two family members over an extended period of time. Hardwick pled guilty to four counts of Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree, one count of Statutory Rape in the First Degree, one count of Attempted Statutory Rape in the First Degree, one count of Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree, and Incest. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Monroe County Murder Sentencing


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 16, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that Calloway County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Harris has sentenced Jason Lee Lage, 36, to life in prison for the murder of 26-year old Zachary Dawson of Madison, MO. Lage was also sentenced to an additional 50 years for armed criminal action. In March, Lage was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.   Read more...

AG Hawley Files Amicus Brief in Support of Ending Burdensome Regulations on Farmers


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 14, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, joined by 14 other state attorneys general, filed an amicus brief supporting the repeal of the Obama Administration’s 2017 Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule. The brief argues that this Rule, adopted on the very last day of the Obama Administration, was both illegal and economically unjustifiable.  Read more...

AG Hawley Obtains Judgment Against Herbert Miller, Kathleen Miller, and Miller Family Funeral Home for Defrauding Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 10, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a $372,561.04 judgment on behalf of 54 Missouri consumers who were defrauded by Herbert Miller, Kathleen Miller, and Miller Family Funeral Home. Herbert and Kathleen Miller entered into contracts with consumers to provide pre-need funeral services and accepted upfront payments for those services. In 2016, the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors suspended Herbert Miller’s license to act as a funeral director. Read more...

AG Hawley Wins Judgment Against Kasey Hudson for Defrauding Missouri Consumers


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 7, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a judgment against Chip Masters Construction owner Kasey Hudson of Hannibal, Missouri. Hudson was charged with three counts of violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act for defrauding nine Missouri consumers. He was ordered to pay $107,964 in restitution. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Cape Girardeau County Sexually Violent Predator Commitment


Jefferson City, Mo. (May 3, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that a Cape Girardeau County jury took 30 minutes to find Larry Eugene Windeknecht, 60, a sexually violent predator, on April 25. Windeknecht had a decades-long history of sexual assault in Cape Girardeau and St. Louis. Read more...

AG Hawley and 20-State Coalition File Injunction Against Obamacare


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 27, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, as part of a 20-state coalition, filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction against the federal government’s Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Convictions as part of Sex Trafficking Investigation


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with Camden County Prosecutor Heather Miller, announced that Dustin R. Thomas, 23, of Osage Beach, has been sentenced to 14 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to three counts of second degree statutory rape, two counts of second degree statutory sodomy, and two counts of fourth degree child molestation. Thomas’ victims were both 15 years-old at the time of the offense. This conviction is part of a broader, ongoing investigation into sex trafficking in Missouri. Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Help, Inc. Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today released the following statement regarding Auditor Galloway’s report investigating Help Inc.: “The Attorney General’s Public Corruption Team is actively investigating this matter. Civil servants who abuse their authority and fail to do what is in the best interest of Missouri citizens will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Read more...

AG Hawley: Major Victory in Opioid Lawsuit, Will Move Forward


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 25, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley won a major court victory in the fight to hold opioid manufacturers responsible. The St. Louis Circuit Court today rejected the opioid manufacturers' attempts to halt the case and ordered the lawsuit to proceed. In June 2017, the Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against three of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers—Purdue Pharma, Endo Health, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals—contending that the companies fraudulently misrepresented the serious risks posed by the drugs they manufacture and sell.   Read more...

AG Hawley Releases Statement on New Charges Filed by St. Louis Circuit Attorney


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 20, 2018) – Attorney General Josh Hawley released the following statement regarding the newly filed charges against Governor Eric Greitens by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner: “St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner reviewed the evidence turned over to her by my office and determined that there is probable cause to file criminal charges against the Governor. The Office stands ready to assist the Circuit Attorney’s Office where appropriate and if needed. These are serious charges—and an important reminder that no one is above the law in Missouri. Like all criminal defendants, Governor Greitens is presumed innocent under the law until proven guilty." Read more...

AG Hawley Lauds Prompt Passage of Sunshine Law Legislation in Missouri House


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 19, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today applauded the House for approving vital legislation that offers commonsense measures to update and improve Missouri Sunshine and Records-retention laws. “Transparency in our government is an essential part of democracy—and my Office must have the tools to ensure our Sunshine and records-retention laws are followed,” Hawley said. Read more...

AG Hawley Files Brief Challenging California Agriculture Regulations


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 13, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, along with 10 other state attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States challenging the state of California’s persistent disregard for federal law. The brief alleges that California continues to pass onerous regulations on agriculture and energy production that routinely flout the limits that federal law puts on the state’s regulatory reach. Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on House Investigative Committee Report


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 11, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement regarding the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight Report issued this afternoon: “The House Investigative Committee’s Report contains shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Greitens. The conduct the Report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and the House is well within its rights to proceed on that front. But the people of Missouri should not be put through that ordeal. Governor Greitens should resign immediately.” Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Double-Murder Conviction


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 11, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Rey Hernandez, 21 of the City of St. Louis, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action following a four-day trial in the City of St. Louis, April 5. Hernandez shot and killed Haris Hajdarevic and James Cobb, Jr. as they sat in a car in the 4400 block of Taft Avenue in the City of St. Louis on October 28, 2015. Hajdarevic was shot twice and died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Read more...

AG Hawley Investigates Missouri Furniture Company


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 10, 2018) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that his office is investigating possible misrepresentations by Rough Country Rustic Furniture, LLC, an online furniture company based in Wright County, Missouri. The investigation began in December 2017. Approximately 598 complaints have been received from consumers nationwide. Read more...

AG Hawley Statement on Backpage.com


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 7, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today issued a statement regarding Backpage.com being seized and shut down by federal authorities. Attorney General Hawley has been investigating Backpage.com regarding the website’s involvement in human trafficking. Backpage.com sued General Hawley personally to block the investigation, but lost in court. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Investigation into St. Louis Housing Authority


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 4, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced his Office is launching an investigation into the conditions of the Clinton-Peabody housing complex in St. Louis. The Attorney General’s Office has issued a civil investigative demand—a civil subpoena—to the St. Louis Housing Authority to determine whether conditions at the Clinton-Peabody housing complex violate the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) by creating an uninhabitable living environment. Read more...

AG Hawley Issues Investigative Demands to Facebook


Jefferson City, Mo. (April 02, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that his Office has issued an investigative subpoena to social media giant Facebook Inc. in connection with a new investigation into the company’s business practices related to the sharing and tracking of consumers’ user data. Recent news reports reveal that at least 50 million Facebook profiles may be have been shared with third-party software developers. Facebook has nearly 2 billion user profiles around the world. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Annual Statistics of Missouri One Call Enforcement


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 28, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced the 2017 results of enforcement of the Missouri Underground Facility Safety and Damage Prevention Act, also known as the Missouri One Call Law. This law requires excavators to call a notification center, Missouri One Call System, Inc., before commencing a dig in the state. The law also requires owners of underground pipelines and infrastructure in the excavation area to mark their facilities within two working days. Read more...

AG Hawley Warns of IRS Phone Scams and Tax Identity Fraud Theft During Tax Season


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 28, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley reminds Missouri taxpayers to be wary of telephone and email scams throughout tax season. In past years, phone scammers have acted like IRS agents in order to steal money. Read more...

AG Announces Broader Criminal and Civil Review of Mississippi County Jail & Sheriff


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 27, 2018) –  Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced today that his office is pursuing a broader criminal and civil review of the Mississippi County Jail facility and Sheriff Cory Hutcheson.   Read more...

AG Hawley Encourages Swift Action on Sunshine Legislation


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today encouraged members of the Missouri legislature to approve legislation that offers commonsense measures to update and improve Missouri Sunshine and Records-retention laws. House Bill 2523 and House Bill 2524 follow proposals by the Attorney General’s Office and the Missouri Press Association to strengthen enforcement of Chapter 109 of the Missouri Revised Statutes and the Missouri Sunshine Law.  Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Ozark County Sentencing of Husband and Wife


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 21, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced the sentencing of Ozark County husband and wife David and Tiffany Bauer. David Bauer was sentenced to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after being convicted of first degree statutory sodomy, in January. Tiffany Bauer was sentenced to ten years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for her involvement in the same incident. At the time of the offense, the victim was nine years old.  Read more...

AG Hawley Achieves Reconsideration of Federal Rules that Excessively Restrict Property Owners’ Use of Land


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 15, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Hawley announced that, because of a lawsuit filed by Missouri and 19 other States, the federal government has agreed to reconsider rules that restrict property owners’ use of land. Read more...

AG Hawley Announces Settlement Reached in Blind Pension Fund Case


Jefferson City, Mo. (March 1, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that a settlement has been reached between the State and the Missouri Council of the Blind and other named plaintiffs regarding payments from the Blind Pension Fund. In 2006, under Attorney General Nixon's Administration, plaintiffs sued the Missouri Department of Social Services and the State of Missouri Family Support Division claiming the agencies incorrectly calculated the amount of money recipients were entitled to each month. Read more...

AG Hawley Joins Coalition to Fight Unconstitutional Obamacare


Jefferson City, Mo. (February 26, 2018) – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today joined a 19-state coalition urging a federal district court in Texas to hold the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate unconstitutional and to enjoin the entire law. The complaint, filed late Monday, explains that the ACA, as recently amended, forces an unconstitutional regime onto the states and their citizens. Read more...



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