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UPDATE: Blunt names Columbia man to national committee

Friday, January 2, 2009 | 5:07 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt named his office's general counsel — a Columbia man — to a spot on a national committee that drafts uniform legislation for state lawmakers.

Lowell Pearson had been a Blunt legal adviser since December 2007. His last day was Wednesday, according to the governor's general counsel office. Pearson was picked to serve on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Pearson gave legal advice to the governor during a lawsuit filed by two court-appointed lawyers that alleged the administration violated open records laws when it denied access to state emails.  The case was scheduled to begin this Monday, but a settlement was reached on Dec. 23 that gave investigators access to certain emails.  In the settlement, Blunt admitted no wrongdoing and future lawsuits were blocked.    

Blunt's office also announced Friday that a Springfield man was chosen for a state panel that nominates appeals court judges.

Applicants for appellate judgeships are screened by a special commission that includes a judge, lawyers and citizens appointed by the governor. Blunt named John T. Gentry, who is the president of Positronic Industries, to the commission. Gentry's term expires in 2012.

Missourian writer Tim Lloyd contributed to this article.


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