“Of particular interest are the multiple contracts with law firms, public-relations specialists and other service providers whose specialties Gardner needed in connection with the failed 2018 bid to prosecute then-Gov. Eric Greitens. The prosecution went badly awry, and Gardner’s team came under intense grand jury scrutiny for alleged improprieties by an investigator she hired for the Greitens case, former FBI agent William Don Tisaby. Tisaby was indicted in June on six counts of perjury and one of tampering with physical evidence.<br><br>Billing taxpayers for the official operations of Gardner’s office is normal, and the circuit attorney should have no problem publicly sharing documents that explain her contractual relationships with outsiders who help her office function. But when it came to grand jury scrutiny for breaking the law, there came a point when taxpayers and Gardner needed to part ways. Expenses for outside personal legal defense and other services aren’t billable to the public.<br><br>That’s one big reason why the details of those contracts matter, because it’s unclear which contracted services were for official operations versus those provided to help deal with the aftermath of the grand jury probe.”<br><br>These records are public, the fact that Kim Gardner is resisting their release is problematic, how is this abuse of power and resistance of transparency any different than what we saw under Jennifer Joyce or Bob McCulloch? I would like to see these contracts… to see if ‘community support’ is genuine or if these community leaders and activists are on her payroll.

“Of particular interest are the multiple contracts with law firms, public-relations specialists and other service providers whose specialties Gardner needed in connection with the failed 2018 bid to prosecute then-Gov. Eric Greitens. The prosecution went badly awry, and Gardner’s team came under intense grand jury scrutiny for alleged improprieties by an investigator she hired for the Greitens case, former FBI agent William Don Tisaby. Tisaby was indicted in June on six counts of perjury and one of tampering with physical evidence.

Billing taxpayers for the official operations of Gardner’s office is normal, and the circuit attorney should have no problem publicly sharing documents that explain her contractual relationships with outsiders who help her office function. But when it came to grand jury scrutiny for breaking the law, there came a point when taxpayers and Gardner needed to part ways. Expenses for outside personal legal defense and other services aren’t billable to the public.

That’s one big reason why the details of those contracts matter, because it’s unclear which contracted services were for official operations versus those provided to help deal with the aftermath of the grand jury probe.”

These records are public, the fact that Kim Gardner is resisting their release is problematic, how is this abuse of power and resistance of transparency any different than what we saw under Jennifer Joyce or Bob McCulloch? I would like to see these contracts… to see if ‘community support’ is genuine or if these community leaders and activists are on her payroll.

Editorial: Why does it require a lawsuit to make Kim Gardner abide by the Sunshine Law?

The Post-Dispatch is asking a circuit court judge for summary judgment in a lawsuit seeking to force Sunshine Law compliance by Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. No news media organization or

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