A George Soros-backed prosecutor in St. Louis 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 – ultimately being removed from the case for fundraising on the case – has a new problem.
A professional misconduct hearing.
An online posting from the state confirms that Kim Gardner is 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.
“As the Circuit Attorney has repeatedly proven time after time, she has acted in full accordance with the law during the investigation into former Governor Greitens. Despite several investigations attempting to uncover illegal wrongdoing by her office in this case, none has ever been found. We are confident that a full review of the facts will show that the Circuit Attorney has not violated the ethical standards of the State of Missouri,” her statement said.
Greitens’ lawyers had filed complaints after his case was concluded.
The report said, “Allegations from the Greitens team claim Gardner had an ethical obligation to correct the record during a deposition of private investigator William Tisaby. Gardner hired Tisaby who conducted interviews with the woman at the center of the invasion of privacy charge against Greitens. Tisaby has since been charged with six counts of perjury and one count of tampering with evidence, after a special prosecutor found Tisaby had lied under oath. But Gardner was with Tisaby in those instances and allegations indicated she had a professional responsibility to ensure that Tisaby’s statements were correct.”
Greitens resigned after being caught up in allegations of an affair and claims by a woman known in court documents as “K.S.” that he had threatened to release explicit photos of her if she revealed their relationship.
An invasion of privacy charge shortly after was dropped.
Concurrent with that were claims of election law violations by his campaign, and an investigation revealed mistakes in the in-kind contribution reports from the campaign, but that Greitens was not involved in them personally. The campaign resolved the issues.
Under the weight of the claims, Greitens, a Republican, former Navy Seal, and former Rhodes scholar, resigned. He has since announced a campaign for U.S. Senate.
The Gateway Pundit 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 recently was permanently removed from the McCloskey case because she launched fundraising emails based on her charges against the couple.
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.’”
A trial court judge found Gardner appeared to have “initiated a criminal prosecution for political purposes.”
The McCloskey’s were indicted by a local grand jury for displaying weapons while they were protecting their property from threatening BLM marchers.
Gov. Parson has vowed to pardon the couple if they are convicted, and state Attorney General Eric Schmitt has filed a motion to dismiss the case.
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.
See the incident:
In a video posted to social media, peaceful protesters in St. Louis calling for police reforms walked past a couple brandishing firearms as they were ordered to stay away from the couple’s home https://t.co/bYl06iAiTo pic.twitter.com/wOZ1Wr3yac
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