Solomon v. St. Louis Circuit Attorney

Exposing Corrupt Local Prosecutors

About the Case

Southeastern Legal Foundation and Missouri Freedom Center filed a lawsuit against the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office on behalf of its client, award-winning investigative journalist John Solomon, for refusing to respond to a Sunshine Law request seeking roughly two and a half years’ worth of communications between the Office of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Kimberly Gardner, her staff, and numerous individuals such as George Soros, the Missouri Workforce Housing Association, state Representatives Stacy Newman and Jay Barnes, and others. Ms. Gardner is one of the nation’s first prosecutors bankrolled by liberal megadonor George Soros.

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Ms. Gardner first ignored the request and then claimed that the requested documents were exempt from Missouri’s Sunshine Law. In the lawsuit, Mr. Solomon alleges that Ms. Gardner’s refusal to respond was a knowing violation of Missouri’s Sunshine Law and seeks the release of the records, civil penalties, and attorneys’ fees.

Solomon’s legal team, from the Southeastern Legal Foundation and the Freedom Center of Missouri, said in a filing in April that those decisions by Gardner’s office were knowing violations of Missouri’s sunshine law. In that filing they asked for the release of the documents and for the awarding of several thousand dollars’ worth of damages pursuant to state statute.

The open-records request sought documents related to Ms. Gardner’s failed 2018 prosecution of former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL and rising Republican star who was forced to resign less than two years into his term. Ms. Gardner accused Governor Greitens of felony invasion of privacy for allegedly threatening to release a picture of his scantily clad girlfriend if she talked about their affair. The Soros-funded prosecutor had to drop the case, however, after admitting she didn’t have the photo or other evidence to sustain the charges.

 

Case Status

Closed - Won

Court

Missouri State Courts

Why This Matters

SLF filed the lawsuit after Kimberly Gardner and her office failed to respond to Mr. Solomon’s July 5, 2019 Sunshine Law request and as a result, the truth will finally be exposed.

Mr. Solomon explained the public importance of this lawsuit,

“There is a lot to this story the public hasn’t seen. You’ve got a prosecutor with misconduct charges against her and it’s been very difficult to get any transparency from the office.”

Last year, Missouri’s chief legal disciplinary officer accused Gardner of rampant misconduct in her prosecution of Greitens, saying she lied to judges in court filings and testimony, withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense, misled her own prosecution team, and violated the constitutional right to a fair trial. The truth must come out.

Kimberly Hermann, SLF General Counsel, commented:

Gardner’s office is responsible not only for knowing the law, but for making sure it is applied fairly and properly. It is unconscionable that a prosecuting attorney would directly disobey not only the Sunshine Law, but also a direct court order.

Why This Matters

SLF filed the lawsuit after Kimberly Gardner and her office failed to respond to Mr. Solomon’s July 5, 2019 Sunshine Law request and as a result, the truth will finally be exposed.

Mr. Solomon explained the public importance of this lawsuit,

“There is a lot to this story the public hasn’t seen. You’ve got a prosecutor with misconduct charges against her and it’s been very difficult to get any transparency from the office.”

Last year, Missouri’s chief legal disciplinary officer accused Gardner of rampant misconduct in her prosecution of Greitens, saying she lied to judges in court filings and testimony, withheld exculpatory evidence from the defense, misled her own prosecution team, and violated the constitutional right to a fair trial. The truth must come out.

Kimberly Hermann, SLF General Counsel, commented:

Gardner’s office is responsible not only for knowing the law, but for making sure it is applied fairly and properly. It is unconscionable that a prosecuting attorney would directly disobey not only the Sunshine Law, but also a direct court order.

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