Kimberly Gardner’s St Louis Prosecutors Don’t Show Up To Court, Known Felon Accused of First Degree Murder Released

Posted originally on the conservative tree house on July 19, 2021 | Sundance | 199 Comments

This is just incredible…. jaw dropping.  Circuit Attorney Kimberly M Gardner is the same prosecutor filing charges against the McCloskeys for defending their home in Saint Louis.  Incredibly her office was charging a previously convicted felon with first-degree murder, and the prosecutor assigned to the case took maternity leave leaving no-one to show up in court.

After three missed court hearings by prosecutors, the judge was forced to drop a murder case because no one other than the defense, a public defender, was showing up in court.

This is a jaw-dropping example of a prosecutors office is a state of horrible mismanagement.  Compounding the issue Ms. Gardner doesn’t even attempt to justify the collapse of the justice system… she just says whoopsie.

ST. LOUIS — A circuit judge dismissed a 2020 murder case last week and said the Circuit Attorney’s Office “abandoned its duty” after St. Louis prosecutors failed three times to show for court hearings or respond to a court order to produce evidence.

Circuit Judge Jason Sengheiser on Wednesday dismissed first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful gun possession charges against Brandon Campbell, 30, after no one from the Circuit Attorney’s Office showed up for scheduled hearings in May, June and July.

“The court does not take this action without significant consideration for the implications it may have for public safety,” Sengheiser wrote in his order. “Although presumed innocent, (Campbell) has been charged with the most serious of crimes. While the court has a role to play in protecting public safety, that role must be balanced with adherence to the law and the protection of the rights of the defendant.”

[…] A spokeswoman for Kimberly M. Gardner provided a statement Monday saying “Upon review of our internal policies and procedures regarding family medical leave, we have determined that corrective measures are needed to further prevent any future repeat occurrence of the incident in question.

[…] [The accused felon] fled to Arizona after the shooting and then to Texas, the documents say. He was arrested in Texas by U.S. Marshals. He has previous federal and state convictions for illegal gun possession, drug possession and stealing. (read more)

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