Soros-Backed Prosecutor Fights Attempt to Oust Her From Office

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A Missouri prosecutor wants a judge to toss out the state attorney general’s unusual attempt to oust her from her elected position.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, who is accused of office mismanagement and lax law enforcement, on April 11 filed a motion to dismiss Attorney General Andrew Bailey’s petition asking a judge to remove her from office.

Gardner’s motion to dismiss was filed in advance of an April 18 hearing, the first scheduled in the case since Bailey filed it on Feb. 23. The Epoch Times has requested a copy of the filing. The Missouri court’s website contains only descriptions of the documents filed in the case.

The dismissal motion also comes just days after a judge sanctioned Gardner for allegedly withholding evidence in a double-murder case. Last year, the state Supreme Court reprimanded her for similar deficiencies during a 2018 campaign finance case against then-Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican.

Gardner’s battle to keep her job is occurring in the context of a national debate over the alleged “soft-on-crime” policies of some Democrat prosecutors in big cities, particularly those who received backing from funds from billionaire George Soros. According to The Missouri Times, Gardner’s campaign benefited from Soros’s largesse.

Although embattled, Gardner has announced she is seeking re-election in 2024 to the position she has held since 2017.

Outrage Over Teen Double Amputation

Democrat Gardner has publicly accused Bailey, a Republican, of a politically motivated attack against her. But Bailey denies that. He cites his legal obligation to hold Gardner responsible for performing mandated duties.

In his “writ of quo warranto” petition seeking Gardner’s removal, Bailey alleges that Gardner allowed cases to languish and let alleged repeat offenders off easy. He also says Gardner’s alleged inaction in one criminal case culminated in horrific injuries to a visiting teen athlete, which sparked a public outcry.

On Feb. 18, Janae Edmondson of Smyrna, Tenn., was visiting St. Louis to participate in a volleyball tournament. She was walking along a downtown sidewalk with her parents when a speeding vehicle caused a crash, pinning her legs. She is now a double amputee. Police say Janae’s father helped save her life by using waist belts as tourniquets to stop the bleeding from her mangled legs.

By Janice Hisle

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