Judge Orders Kim Gardner to Turn Over Records of Communications With Soros in Eric Greitens Case
Circuit attorney has ignored open records request for over a year concerning records in bungled prosecution against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.
A judge has ordered the chief prosecutor for St. Louis to release records from the bungled prosecution of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens following a yearlong fight to obtain those records through a state sunshine law request.
The sunshine request, brought by Just the News founder John Solomon, was presented to St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardener last July. The query sought the release of roughly two and a half years’ worth of communications between Gardner, her staff, and numerous individuals such as George Soros, the Missouri Workforce Housing Association, state Representatives Stacy Newman and Jay Barnes, and others.
Gardner first ignored the request and then claimed that the requested documents were exempt from the state’s sunshine provision.
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.
Circuit Judge Christopher McGraugh ruled in Solomon’s favor on Monday. The circuit attorney’s office has signaled it will appeal the order. Continue reading “”