ST. LOUIS - A special prosecutor who was investigating alleged threats against St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner declined Thursday to file criminal charges against lawyers for former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.
Michael W. Bradley released a 14-page report, which includes testimony from Gardner herself. She complained she was threatened by Greitens' attorneys.
Gardner accused the Greitens defense team of tampering during her failed case against Greitens for invasion of privacy. That case hinged on an alleged picture the governor snapped of his blindfolded and bound mistress. No one ever produced a picture as proof.
During Gardner’s investigation, she said lawyers harassed and intimidated her. She complained to police that one lawyer tried intimidating her, saying her career would be ruined if she continued pressing.
Bradley, the special prosecutor and a former judge, looked into it. He wrote, in part: “The defense team was vigorously attempting to persuade the circuit attorney to dismiss the case. Such aggressive behavior by the defense team, while being described as a 'scorched earth' tactic, is not a criminal threat. The evidence in this case does not support the conclusion that the defense team intended to threaten or harass the circuit attorney.” You can read Bradley's complete investigation below.
Kimberly Gardner's attorney, Roy L. Austin, Jr responded with the following email. He wrote,
"This is yet another whitewash of what’s really going on in the City of St. Louis – a concerted, vicious campaign to intimidate Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner.
Even with the sparse facts and speculation, this report reveals troubling evidence that former Gov. Greitens’ defense team went beyond normal defense tactics and indeed threatened CA Gardner in an effort to harass, intimidate and influence her to stop the justifiable investigation into the former Governor. Look no further than the stunning revelation that a former judge had to be reminded by fellow attorneys to “not make any threats against the circuit attorney.”
What’s as disturbing is what’s not in this report. The investigation completely ignored Greitens’ defense team dropping a stack of irrelevant ethics complaints on the Circuit Attorney’s office table during the March meeting that they requested. Moreover, the investigators made the curious decision to not try to get the best evidence in this case -- communications that would have provided an honest, real time account.
Unfortunately, this type of rigged inquiry has become all too common in St. Louis when it comes to covering up for the powerful and well-connected. Fortunately, for the rest of the people of St. Louis, Circuit Attorney Gardner will not be intimidated from doing the job that the people of the city elected her to do, even as the harassment against her continues through the contrived investigation by Greitens’ attorneys’ close friend Gerard Carmody."
Carmody continues as special prosecutor in his investigation. Carmody's inquiry led to a Grand Jury indictment against Gardner's former private investigator for perjury. He continues investigating Circuit Attorney Gardner.
(This script was updated November 8th to include the response from Gardner's attorney).