Craigslist Sues South Carolina Attorney General Over Possible Prostitution Charges

The chief executive of Craigslist is suing South Carolina's attorney general, claiming the prosecutor's threat to file prostitution charges against the San Francisco company is unreasonable.

CEO Jim Buckmaster says on his blog Wednesday he wants a restraining order to keep Attorney General Henry McMaster from pursuing criminal charges he has threatened against Craigslist.

McMaster said last week he would prosecute Craigslist executives for aiding and abetting prostitution if an ad on the Web site leads to a prostitution case in South Carolina.

McMaster has said his office is investigating, but no charges have been brought.

In a statement, McMaster says the lawsuit shows Craigslist is taking his investigation seriously and called it "a victory for law enforcement and for the people of South Carolina."