Kim Gardner

On March 16, 2018 threats were made at a meeting where Eric Greitens’ defense team was present. In another meeting at my office on April 18, 2018, members of Greitens’ defense team asked to have a meeting specifically with two members of my team. I was informed that threats were made to my subordinates with the request to inform me of what was going to happen if I did not dismiss the current pending Greitens’ case. I informed the court on April 19, 2019 of these threats. No action was taken at that time.

In June of 2018, I notified the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department of the threats against me under the crime of Tampering with a Judicial Officer. After Greitens’ defense team made their report to police regarding their concerns about William Tisaby’s statements during the deposition, Police Chief John Hayden made a public statement that those allegations would be investigated thoroughly.

I wasn’t interviewed by police until October 18, 2018 regarding the Tampering with a Judicial Officer complaint I had first made in June. On April 5, 2019, after repeatedly asking the police department about the status of my report, I was sent a letter by police requesting a special prosecutor. On June 5, 2019 our office filed a motion with the court requesting a special prosecutor be assigned to objectively review the investigation of Tampering with a Judicial Officer. As of today, there has been no appointment of a special prosecutor to further investigate these serious allegation.

In addition, the Office of the City Counselor has inappropriately injected itself in the investigation related to this matter, by directing the police not to turn over the department’s police report where I am a victim. I ask only that a special prosecutor be named to objectively and independently investigate this matter.

Kimberly M. Gardner is circuit attorney for the City of St. Louis.

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