George Soros-backed St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced Thursday that she would resign as Missouri state lawmakers were poised to strip her power. There was bi-partisan support calling for the defunct attorney to step down.
Gardner has been widely accused of violating the law and running a dysfunctional office.
Missouri Judge Michael Noble described Gardner’s office as disorderly, saying, “The circuit attorney’s office appears to be a rudderless ship of chaos.”
Gardner has been accused of using her position to pursue a leftist political agenda. In 2020 she prosecuted Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who made national news after they guarded their home with firearms to keep a violent BLM mob from trespassing on their property. A judge removed Gardner from the case after deciding she was prosecuting the couple for “political purposes.”
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Crime and chaos in St. Louis flourished under her watch. Gardner has a reputation for being soft on criminals. Perhaps the final straw was her failure to prosecute criminal Daniel Riley, who drove a vehicle into a teenager, which led to both of her legs being amputated, leading Judge Noble to exclaim that she should be held in contempt for her office’s failure to show up to court hearings.
Gardner posted her resignation letter on Twitter, which was met with celebration. One response called for St Louis voters to respond by voting in a better prosecutor, “We’ve been given another chance; let’s not squander it. The future of STL depends on it.”
The circuit attorney ran for office with the promise to help reform the city’s crime but is known for her repeated failures. She was under an ethics investigation when she submitted her resignation and has been sued multiple times for failing to comply with the law.
Gardner was recently sued over the state’s Sunshine Law, which is an open records law requiring the government to respond within three days to requests for public records.
Gardner’s resignation letter was accusatory, blaming citizens for her office’s failure to respond to records requests in a timely manner. She said,
“We have experienced an onslaught of records requests that no office in the country could reasonably fulfill, along with attacks on our hard-working line attorneys designed to demoralize these public servants. There is no sign that the onslaught would stop for as long as I am in the office.”
“The most powerful weapon I have to fight back against these outsiders stealing your voices and your rights is to step back,” she said. “And so, it is with a heavy heart but steadfast resolve that I am resigning my position as your Circuit Attorney.”
And so it ends. Thank you, Ms. Gardner, for finally stepping up & doing the right thing. But a note to the voters of STL – we do not need a public defender or social justice warrior masquerading as circuit attorney. We've been given another chance – let's not squander it. The…
— Publius (@Publius_STL) May 4, 2023