AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott
Kimberly M. Gardner, the far-left circuit attorney of St. Louis, has become the latest George Soros-backed district attorney to face calls to resign amid skyrocketing crime and severe staffing shortages stemming from her embrace of the radical criminal justice “reform” movement.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed last week that Gardner’s office is so understaffed that each remaining prosecutor is handling, on average, over a hundred felony cases at a time. The immense workload has led to severe burnout, with Gardner’s office shrinking from a high of 58 prosecutors in August 2016 to 30 today.
According to a 2002 U.S. Department of Justice study, prosecutors can handle about 20 murder cases per year with no other assignments. But as the Post-Dispatch reports, one prosecutor in St. Louis is currently handling “45 open murder or manslaughter cases and roughly 60 other, mostly violent felonies.”
At the same time, St. Louis has been plagued by rising violent crime, including brazen acts of violence in high-traffic areas of the city. In one viral incident late last month, a man was filmed calmly loading a gun before killing a homeless individual execution-style in broad daylight in the middle of downtown St. Louis. Some studies have pegged the Gateway City as the most dangerous in America on a per-capita basis.
Gardner has been a controversial figure since taking office in 2017. Her campaign platform aggressively focused on “alternatives” to prosecution, relaxing criminal probation oversight, and minimizing “unnecessary incarceration.”
These radically progressive positions caught the eye of liberal billionaire George Soros, who has spent much of the last decade funding progressive district attorney candidates. Soros-linked PACs donated more than $100,000 to Gardner’s campaign, along with running pro-Gardner ads in St. Louis.
Upon taking office, Gardner responded in kind by hiring a Soros-linked organization called the Vera Institute of Justice to implement an “aggressive” ideological reform of her office that included a radical “racial equity” agenda. As part of this “reform” effort, Gardner also flatly refused to prosecute most misdemeanors and even some felonies.
But while criminals had free reign, Gardner allocated copious resources to pursue a baseless prosecution of the state’s Republican Governor, Eric Greitens, in 2018. Gardner was ultimately forced to drop the case after revealing she lacked credible evidence for the charge. She admitted to lying “over 79 times” and engaging in “62 acts of gross misconduct” while waging her case and was reprimanded by the Missouri Supreme Court.
All of this politicization and dereliction of duty led to a more than 100% staff turnover rate within Gardner’s office over her first two years in power. As a result, heavier caseloads fell on the shoulders of more junior prosecutors. Dismissal rates surged as these novice lawyers struggled to keep their heads above water.
Because the Fifth Amendment guarantees accused criminals the right to a speedy trial, if a prosecutor fails to secure witnesses or testimony in a timely manner, the charges are dropped and need to be refiled. As Gardner has aggressively restricted cash bail, this delay means potential criminals can roam the streets until their trial date.
The tragic results of this policy were seen clearly late last month when a teenage volleyball star was struck by a vehicle and pinned against a parked car. Though the teenager survived the crash, she lost both legs due to the impact.
The vehicle’s driver was 21-year-old Daniel Riley, an accused criminal out on bond. In August 2020, Riley was arrested for robbery with a firearm and has been out on bond ever since.
An investigation by a local news station revealed that Riley was a repeat offender, with over 100 documented counts of breaking house arrest and other court orders. Even though Gardner’s office knew this at the time of sentencing, they still permitted Riley to be released.
For consistently failing to keep dangerous criminals like Riley behind bars, Gardner faces a bipartisan chorus of critics calling for her immediate resignation. Last month, Republican State Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced he had initiated legal proceedings to have Gardner removed from office, issuing a petition of “quo warranto” for failing to prosecute cases.
The petition asserts Gardner failed to prosecute pending cases, inform victims of the outcome of their legal cases, and “charge new cases referred to her by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.” The state Supreme Court has appointed a judge to preside over the matter.
Gardener has derided the petition as a “political witch hunt” and refused to step down.
With her office already deeply understaffed, fighting the petition will likely draw even more resources away from prosecuting crimes. In an effort to save her job, Gardner will likely expose her constituents to even more violence and chaos. But if the last five years are any indication, that will be of no concern to her.
Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.
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How was it possible for Daniel Riley to be out walking around and able to continue in crime after an arrest for Armed Robbery? I know a guy who did twelve years in San Quentin for Armed Robbery. The nation cannot survive with these kinds of double standards and inequity. I think the plan is to take the nation down. There is no other reasonable explanation.
She likes criminals because she is one of them.
how many more innocent law-abiding citizens have to become crime victims before Gardner and the rest of her fellow Soros-backed, progressive, soft-on-crime prosecutors realize their so-called criminal justice “reforms” aren’t working?
The only people I feel sorry for are the ones who didn’t vote for these morons running the cities. You get what you voted for… like California… when only qualifier for your vote is the (D) after their names.
What do you say to the girl that lost both legs? Sorry we let a career criminal with 100 arrests out to insure “his” rights? He was arrested in 2020 and still out on bond in 2023? What about the victims rights? Her wedding day she will have to roll down the isle in a wheelchair! Meanwhile Jan. 6th protestors are still in jail. I guess they should have been arrested more before exercising their constitutional rights. The rotten stinking corruption from Joey 2 scoops on down goes unpunished.
Here’s what I don’t understand. If we the people can figure these things out, according to the comments, who is out there to stand up for “we the peple”? I know it’s the representatives we voted for to speak for us, but in reality, their absence on our behalf is deafening. At this pace it all seems hopeless. We the people are like the hamster running in the cage
Seems to me this Gardener is responsible for the great rise of crime including murder and should be charged with these crimes. Where are all the lawyers that think they are so great with civil cases. Someone or some group is responsible for this lack of prosecution and should be charged and/or sued also. Is it to much work for these slacker lawyers to go after a real injustice when there are so many frivolous class-action lawsuits they can file against companies who will pay to keep their names out of the news? Where the lawyers get millions while those who are wronged split a pittance. This is one of the biggest problems today, no one wants to do their job while still being paid. As the Marxists take over by convincing everyone that they are entitled to be fed, housed, and entertained eventually they will have it all and you will have nothing and you better like it because you allowed it to happen.
Keep electing Commie Liberals and Commie DemocRats … and the Nattion will begin to pattern after Beirut, Lebanon!!!
I have maintained, and will continue to maintain, that lawyers have ruined this country.
They have neither the ethics, nor the loyalty to their own country, that is necessary for the efficient operation of this Republic; never mind the morality of doing the “right thing”.
Oh the ACLU lawyers are very active for anything anti American. Burn and loot Demoncrap run cities, fine. Take over the streets of a major city and declare it non government property, no problem. Set up tent cities and deal drugs openly there, allowed. Teach wokeness to our kids in school, a noble cause. Sich sick sick!
Folks l keep hearing that old man Siri’s name coming up regarding his backing this Persians that who when elected all are driven towards corruption; here’s my question that no one has answered what is the real down deep reason for this Soros behavior?
An excellent question. However, part of it at least, is the desired goal of a “utopian” One World Order (note the WEF). The idea being it would end wars as we know it, and most other international conflict. (Right.) For some reason, this One World Order is to be socialist in nature. (Because, you know, really “smart” people “know” that Socialism will create true equality; oh, and by the way, puts them in a position of power to dictate how that world will be run; just coincidence, I’m sure.) So what stands in the way of Socialism? America. America is very powerful and has great influence on the world, but will never willingly or knowingly vote ourselves into Socialism. So America has to be destroyed. Can’t destroy America from without; so it must be destroyed from within. You do this by creating chaos and undermining the foundations of the country. You attack religion and the belief in God, you attack the family, you attack the legal system, you attack voting integrity, you destroy values, insert socialism in a Trojan Horse called “Climate Change”, etc. etc. etc. Most importantly, you unanchor the general population from truth. Of all kinds. Including scientific truth (example: there are 67 genders). All of the nonsense you see today is based in this goal to take America down to pave the way for a socialist One World Order. Of course it never seems to enter into the minds of these “smart” people that countries like China and the Soviet Union might be working to conttrol that suppossedly “One World Order” and that they themselves may be useful idiots, but that’s another discussion.
Never, ever vote for a Democrat.
Excellent post! NEVER vote for a Democrap.
Soviet Union? You must mean Russia. Time for you to update your knowledge. Other than that you are right on point.
He hates the USA, it’s that simple
George Soros needs to be stopped.
Again what is his real objective other than seemingly having an ax to grind and just being evil so what is it
Again….see David Campbell’s reply!
Soros probably enjoys hearing his name and power being newsworthy … and he has the financial capability to do that … like any other creep!
Sickening that the state has not filed charges plus individual filings by people that have been abused by this obviously lawlessly activity.
Rite is rite , honest is honest . Justice has no room for racial bigots . It’s way past time to take courts and government back from these deceitful people
Send in the Missouri Nat’l Guard, drag her out to a prison, charge her with dereliction, try her, if convicted, sentence her to San Francisco. Oh, yeah, disbar her too. She is also likely guilty of murder by accessory. ????
I agree 100%
Why is this viper George Soros still alive?
I wonder too.
You can bad-mouth Soros all you want. He’ll pay absolutely no attention to what you might say or write about him. He’s a psychopath. When a psychopath lies of does other bad things to people or societies, or does anything else he wants to get what he wants or to inflict pain or suffering on others, he feels nothing. He has no emotional connection with his actions. In Soros’s case, if he feels anything at all, it would have to be hatred for our way of life. He’s a control freak which is why he’s such a big supporter of the left wing’s desire to bring all of us under complete control of the liberal government currently occupying the Oval Office.
What you just wrote about this devil is the reason I asked, the reason that this swine is still alive.
Why is he still alive? Because he must be a very large employer….. of body guards. Unless you have a better option. CHRIS
Money talks….bullschit walks…
He has the money (somehow) and people(scumbags anyway) will listen
Their religion is now MONEY.
Kim Gardner and her ilk are a scourge.
Is she a Democrat? CHRIS
Worse, she’s a Satanist
In my opinion Democrats are worse than Satanist. Satanist do less harm. CHRIS
Ever wonder why the far left always walks around with an ugly face… like they just filled their pants… how could anyone be like this???? I wouldn’t want to live so bitter and mad at everything that means something. Come on lady, crooks & murders need jail, need to be out of the society they seem unable to behave. Spend your efforts assisting the mentally ill, or maybe the sick and disabled, not helping bad people so that they can vote!
Gardner is a full-blown racist, so nothing will make her happy.
Forget asking him to resign, just march into his office and throw his ass out in the street! We should do the same with Biden, Harris and the whole democratic crime machine!
She. Garender is a female. Stupid enough to accept Soros money. But he doesn’t care. If someone will kill for him, all the more better!
she NEEDS A BULLET
No, she needs to spend time in prison, where she should have sent the other criminals.
MEN’S PRISON, YEEHAAW!
I don’t think 99% of men would harm her. Professional Courtesy. CHRIS
No, No, No. Not a bullet. She will become a martyr to the Left and Democrats. Vote her out. CHRIS
WHERE’S THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ?????????????????????????????? WHERE’S THE GOV ???????????? DO SOMETHING……………………………………………… DUH ????????????
Where is Soros and his sons? They need to be banned from the U.S. Russia banned him – but not U.S.??? What kind of stupid is that?
He’s the darling of the left wing and they’ll let nothing happen to him. Also, he has enough Rinos sleeping with him to prevent any real attempts to get him kicked out. |Always remember that the Democrats couldn’t protect him without help from their partners on the right side of the aisle.
Last month, Republican State Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced he had initiated legal proceedings to have Gardner removed from office
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She needs to be the victim of her criminals. It’s the only way these evil people ever learn. And frankly, I don’t care what happens to her.
they dont ever learn. they have a mental condition that will keep them from ever seeing the evil they are.
It’s all about the Benjamins, baby!
The criminals won’t harm her. Professional Courtesy. CHRIS
I would really like to know why folks like this who obviously don’t do their job and commit crimes in the process like lying to the courts. Why aren’t they prosecuted and put in jail