The Missouri Bar Ethics Department filed a massive complaint against St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, accusing her of professional misconduct and ethical violations stemming from her attempted prosecution of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, exacerbating her office’s reputation for falling short of upholding the law.
According to The Belt-Way Report, “a court has already found that she committed 62 acts of misconduct and 79 cases of misrepresentation in convicting Greitens of crimes he did not commit. He was later cleared and the extremely popular Greitens is now running for the US Senate from Missouri.”
Gardner appeared before a three-person disciplinary panel in April and admitted to mistakes in a “joint stipulation” regarding her handling of the former governor’s case in 2018. She was reprimanded and fined $750, although the court could have punished Gardner further with a suspension, probation, or disbarment.
In the agreement, Gardner admitted to lying about producing all appropriate documents to Greitens’ attorney, when in fact she withheld evidence from the opposing attorneys. She claimed the mistakes were made due to the fast-moving nature of the case.
The Belt-Way Report added:
Gardner has been a disaster for St Louis. Last year there more murders in St Louis than at any time in the last 50 years. Gardner has refused to prosecute so many murderers that the Missouri legislature had to pass a law limiting the time she had to file murder charges to 90 days. After that, the state Attorney General takes over the case.
Gardner refused to prosecute cases of drug dealers and child molesters even when there was enough evidence to make them open and shut cases. Her excuse was that the police are racists and she refused to take cases from over 20 policemen at all.
A Missouri Appeals Court ruled unanimously against her and she will have to face disciplinary charges on her corrupt practices and pay the $5,000 dollar fine she previously received.
Here’s what the ‘St. Louis Post-Dispatch’ reported:
The Missouri Court of Appeals at St. Louis on Tuesday upheld a judge’s ruling against the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office for failing to respond to a lawsuit that alleged violations of the state’s open records law.
The appeals court’s unanimous ruling said Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner’s appeals had “no merit.” She had challenged St. Louis Circuit Judge Christopher McGraugh’s ruling and $5,000 penalty for refusing to produce records and respond in time to a January 2020 lawsuit filed by conservative journalist John Solomon.
“Based on this whole record, we hold the trial court did not err in finding (Gardner’s) failure to file a timely response to (Solomon’s) amended petition was not the result of an unexpected or unavoidable hindrance, accident, or mishap, but was instead the result of (Gardner’s) carelessness, inattention, and deliberate disregard,” the court said.
Solomon, a former Fox News contributor who runs the website Just the News, sought all of Gardner’s contacts with staff and other key players in the 2018 criminal investigations of then-Gov. Eric Greitens.
Those people include Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn, Clayton lawyer Albert Watkins, billionaire mega-donor George Soros and former state Reps. Stacey Newman and Jay Barnes.
Sources: Thebeltwayreport, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch