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Missoula Co. Attorney Still Won't Comply with DOJ Requests

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The Missoula County Attorney says the Department of Justice has no right to investigate the way his office handles sexual assault cases. And, he's willing to go to federal court to protect the rights of legal prosecutors.

Fred Van Valkenburg said he's refusing to hand over confidential information to the DOJ even though he says his office has nothing to hide.  He said the Department of Justice has never attempted to investigate a prosecutor's office anywhere else in the country.

"I think that I have an obligation to stand up for every prosecutor in America," he said. "That our decisions ought not be second-guessed by the federal government."

If Van Valkenburg continues to refuse their requests for information, DOJ officials said they have the authority to file a lawsuit against the county attorney's office.

"I'm not afraid to go to court. I think we have a strong position and can defend it, and I think if they really have something, they ought to put their money where their mouth is and go forward with a lawsuit," Van Valkenburg said.

DOJ investigators announced Thursday they wrapped up their investigation into the University of Montana and there are nearing the completion of their investigation into the Missoula Police Department.

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