After far leftist St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner once again failed to appear for a trial and a hearing on an armed robbery case, Judge Michael Noble is now moving to hold her in “indirect criminal contempt.”
Noble slammed Gardner’s office, arguing that it “appears to be a rudderless ship of chaos” — and stated that he has sufficient evidence supporting a finding of indirect criminal contempt for her and Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Desilets.
According to Fox News Digital, a special prosecutor will be appointed to oversee the indirect criminal contempt case against Gardner and Desilets.
“It appears that Ms. Gardner has complete indifference and a conscious disregard for the judicial process,” the judge said while addressing repeated failures of Gardner’s office to show up to hearings.
Noble went on to sharply criticize the conduct of both Gardner and Desilets, arguing that it constituted “disdain and disrespect for the judicial process.”
“Furthermore, any attorney’s violation of a court’s order constitutes an intentional disobedience and shows a clear intent to disregard the power and authority of the judicial system process,” the judge added.
Gardner has received heavy criticism for her failures while in office, including the shocking lack of action on a case involving teenage volleyball player Janae Edmonson who was struck by a car driven by a career criminal, which led to the amputation of both of her legs. The man responsible, Daniel Riley, was supposed to be under house arrest for a separate crime at the time, and clearly violated that order. While out on bond for the previous crimes, Riley “earned 54 separate violations for failing to comply with the pre-trial bond conditions,” according to a petition to fire Gardner.
“The Circuit Attorney never filed a motion to revoke Riley’s bond,” the petition stated, adding that the Edmonson’s injuries were “the direct result of years of willful neglect from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner.”
17-year-old, Janae Edmonson, was left permanently paralyzed, after the soft-on-crime policies of St. Louis kept the criminal who harmed her, on the streets
DA, Kim Gardner, delayed his initial trial due to being unprepared, then lied to the public about https://t.co/tyW889Mlpw…
— Savanah Hernandez (@sav_says_) March 3, 2023
Gardner was also famous for trying to prosecute Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple who feared for their lives and ended up pointing weapons at a Black Lives Matter mob that had broken into their private gated community and were approaching their property. Gardner was later dismissed from that case by a judge after he determined that her campaign had used fundraising emails about the McCloskey case inappropriately.
The McCloskeys were pardoned by Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) in August 2021.
The specific case in which Noble plans to hold Gardner in “indirect criminal contempt” involves an 11-year-old girl who was shot in October 2020. The suspect, 26-year-old Steven Linell Vincent Jr., is accused of firing gunshots into a residential building.
According to Vincent’s mother, her son has been awaiting trial for three years.
“We keep coming to court and the prosecuting attorney is not here,” she explained.
Gardner, who announced her decision to seek a third term on March 29, was funded by billionaire Democrat megadonor George Soros in both her 2016 and 2020 elections. Meanwhile, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey (R) is currently attempting to remove Gardner from her position for “years of willful neglect” of cases she was supposed to prosecute.
Gardner and Desilets’ contempt hearing is scheduled for May 30.