Bailey Wants Judge to Block Subpoena Seeking Government Records in Abortion Fight

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey wants a judge to block a subpoena seeking documents on how much it would cost the state to defend an abortion proposal in court.

Bailey has said he would refuse to defend it in court due to his opposition to abortion, and that it would cost the state about 21 million dollars to hire outside counsel.

The subpoena seeks documents on how he came up with that figure, but Bailey tells Missourinet he’s not legally required to comply:

The lawsuit he mentions was filed by Republican operative Jamie Corley over ballot language and over the 21-million cost estimate.

But Bailey is not a defendant in this particular suit – Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and State Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick are.