Kim Gardner: On Friday, Missouri’s Attorney General, Andrew Bailey, made a statement regarding the lawsuit he filed against St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Kimberly M. Gardner. Bailey stated that he would not dismiss the lawsuit seeking Kim Gardner’s removal from office until she actually leaves her position. This decision was made in order to allow for the continued collection of relevant documents and evidence pertaining to the case.
Bailey expressed his determination to see this lawsuit through to the end, stating in an interview, “I don’t stop punching until the bell rings.” He emphasized that he is fully committed to the legal battle ahead and that he does not consider it to be over just yet. This suggests that he will continue to pursue this matter until the very end, regardless of any obstacles that may arise.
Following months of complaints regarding dysfunction in her office and weeks of resisting calls for her removal, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner announced her resignation on Thursday, with her last day set for June 1. However, Kim Gardner’s resignation letter to Governor Mike Parson made no mention of the turmoil in her office, nor the extensive staff departures that had occurred in recent months. Instead, she cited her desire to prevent the passage of a bill that would significantly reduce her power as the reason for her decision to step down.
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey, however, has voiced his disagreement with Kim Gardner’s decision to remain in office for another month. In an interview, Bailey criticized her decision and reiterated his determination to collect documents from her office, including emails, case records, and complaints from victims. Bailey is also seeking records from St. Louis University, where Kim Gardner is currently enrolled in nursing classes.
Bailey’s comments suggest that he is not content with Kim Gardner’s resignation and intends to continue pursuing any potential legal action against her. This reinforces his previous statement that he would not dismiss the lawsuit seeking Kim Gardner’s removal until she actually leaves her position. As the legal battle between Bailey and Kim Gardner continues, it remains to be seen what the ultimate outcome will be.
Missouri Attorney General, Andrew Bailey, recently criticized St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Kimberly M. Gardner, for her sudden decision to resign from her position. Bailey alleged that Kim Gardner had recently made statements indicating that she would not leave her position voluntarily and would have to be forcibly removed. However, she has now brokered a deal with Democrats in the Senate to resign only after the legislative session concludes.
Bailey also expressed his desire to see a bill passed that would prevent individuals like Kim Gardner, who resign amid a “quo warranto” removal lawsuit or are removed from office, from running for office again. He emphasized the importance of implementing a structural fix to prevent such situations from occurring in the future.
Despite Kim Gardner’s impending resignation, Bailey has stated that he will continue to pursue his case against her until a permanent solution is put in place to prevent similar issues in the future.
This highlights his determination to ensure that justice is served, not just in this particular case but also in similar cases that may arise in the future. By pushing for a structural fix, Bailey aims to prevent similar scenarios from playing out and to ensure that the legal system is functioning as effectively and efficiently as possible.