Murder cases dismissed because of prosecutor's failures to prosecute

It was only two months ago that a George Soros-backed prosecutor in St. Louis named Kim Gardner – who famously released without charges dozens of protesters arrested for a variety of offenses in her city, and then charged homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey for being armed while defending their home from protesters – was ultimately removed from the case for fundraising on the case, then targeted in a professional misconduct hearing.

Now it’s getting worse for Gardner.

Back in May, an online posting from the state confirmed that Gardner was the subject of an alleged ethical violation. KMOV reported she could end up losing her law license. The report explained a review by the state’s Chief Disciplinary Counsel confirmed probable cause that Gardner committed professional misconduct.

The state revealed no further information but Gardner’s office issued a statement indicating the dispute stems from her actions in the case involving former Gov. Eric Greitens.

Now, a report in the Washington Examiner reveals, “she stands accused by members of the public, her former employees, and a circuit court judge of a dereliction of duty.”

The problem?

“Her office has been faulted for making egregious errors that led to the dismissal of three murder cases in a week. They’ve also been accused of turning their backs on the families of victims and have been no-shows to multiple court hearings,” the report said.

One of the cases involves Randy Moore, who alleged was gunned down in 2020 by Brand Campbell.

The report explains Campbell was arrested and charged with murder and other counts, and faced life behind bars.

“But a circuit judge was forced to dismiss the case after a St. Louis prosecutor under Gardner’s watch had failed to show up to three hearings and did not comply with a court order to produce evidence to Campbell’s defense attorney,” the report said.

It gets worse. The assigned prosecutor, Kimberly Arshi, was on maternity leave at the time and someone in the prosecutor’s office reportedly put her electronic signature on dozens of cases including more than a dozen murders.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Jason Sengheiser issued a scathing criticism of Gardner’s office while dismissing the Campbell case.

He charged Gardner’s office “has essentially abandoned its duty to prosecute those it charges with crimes.”

He wrote the resulting “threat to the public is the responsibility of the circuit attorney’s office.”

Gardner tried to excuse the actions as a result of “internal policies and procedures.” She didn’t explain why a substitute prosecutor was not assigned.

The report revealed, too, that more than 90 prosecutors have quit since Gardner took office in 2017, some charge the dysfunction of the office drove them out.

Greitens’ lawyers had filed complaints against Gardner after his case was ended. That issue apparently involved statements from an investigator Gardner used that reportedly were perjury. The investigator also reportedly was involved with tampering with evidence.

The Gateway Pundit has described Gardner as a “crackpot,” and pointed out that St. Louis saw its highest homicide rate in 50 years last year, and state officials approved legislation allowing the state attorney general to take over homicide cases there after 90 days if Gardner hasn’t filed charges.

“The Soros-funded circuit attorney rejected several open-and-shut cases due to the fact that she believed local police officers were racists,” the report said.

She was ordered off the McCloskey case because she used it in fundraising emails.

Gardner’s 2016 election campaign was bankrolled by the far-left Soros, which the Washington Examiner reported was “part of an effort to place Democrats opposed to ‘tough on crime’ policies in top law enforcement jobs.'”

The McCloskeys were indicted by a local grand jury for displaying weapons while they were protecting their property from threatening BLM marchers.

The couple, who spoke at the Republican National Convention, were charged for pointing an AR-15 rifle at protesters and wielding a semiautomatic handgun that was said to have made the protesters fearful of injury.

Mark McCloskey, at one of his courthouse appearances, explained: “We didn’t fire a shot. People were violently protesting in front of our house and screaming death threats and threats of rape and threats of arson. Nobody gets charged but we get charged.”

The case has been described by the couple’s defenders as a political prosecution.

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