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A Missouri judge has announced that he is appointing a special prosecutor to build a criminal contempt case against St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner, a prosecutor bankrolled by Democrat megadonor George Soros.
Judge Michael Noble said that he is appointing the prosecutor after Gardner and Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Desilets have repeatedly failed to show up in court, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“The circuit attorney’s office appears to be a rudderless ship of chaos,” Noble said in a court. “Ms. Gardner is the circuit attorney and it is her duty is to manage the caseload of each staff member. Mr. Desilets has approximately 104 felony cases. Any prudent practitioner would expect such a caseload to create countless irreconcilable conflicts. It does not appear she has made any reasonable efforts to prevent the resulting chaos. It appears that Ms. Gardner has complete indifference and a conscious disregard for the judicial process.”
Noble went as far as to say that the evidence supports the prospect that their level of contempt rises to a level of criminality.
“It appears that Ms. Gardner has complete indifference and a conscious disregard for the judicial process,” Noble said. “There is sufficient evidence of disdain and disrespect for the judicial process to determine that both Ms. Gardner and Mr. Desilets’ conduct support a finding of indirect criminal contempt. Furthermore, any attorney’s violation of a court’s order constitutes an intentional disobedience and shows a clear intent to disregard the power and authority of the judicial system process.”
The news comes as Gardner is already facing a campaign from Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey to remove her from office because of her failure to protect victims from crime.
“As AG, I want to protect the people of St. Louis, and that includes protecting victims of crime and finding justice for them,” Bailey said, adding, “Instead of protecting victims, Circuit Attorney Gardner is creating them. My office will do everything in its power to restore order, and eliminate the chaos in St. Louis caused by Kim Gardner’s neglect of her office.”
Instead of protecting victims, Circuit Attorney Gardner is creating them. My office will do everything in its power to restore order, and eliminate the chaos in St. Louis caused by Kim Gardner’s neglect of her office.
— Attorney General Andrew Bailey (@AGAndrewBailey) February 23, 2023
Gardner said over the weekend that she will not resign from office and that she will have to be removed.
“I ain’t leaving. I ain’t resigning,” she said. “I ain’t doing nothing. You gonna have to remove me.”