A George Soros-backed Missouri prosecutor accused of neglecting her duties could face criminal contempt in court after none of her team showed up for a murder trial.
St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner is in hot water after Judge Scott Millikan made the request after her team failed to appear in court Monday against 18-year-old Jonathan Jones, who is accused of killing a man in 2021 to have been fatally shot.
“This conduct thwarts and thwarts the authority of the District Court of the City of St. Louis,” Scott wrote on his filing, ordering Garnder to provide a legitimate reason why her office was not reported.
If Gardner doesn’t show up in court or show a valid reason, Millikan could face a fine or put the city’s attorney general behind bars.
Jones’ trial has since been delayed a week while the judge awaits Gardner’s response, with the defense filing a motion to dismiss the case.
Gardner’s office did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
The issue with Monday’s trial is reminiscent of three 2021 murder cases in which members of her team either failed to appear in court or came unprepared, leading to the cases being dropped.
The prosecutor’s office is currently struggling to retain her position while Attorney General Andrew Bailey seeks to remove her from office.
Bailey has filed a lawsuit to oust Gardner, who he says is not enforcing the law or protecting the public, after a teen volleyball player was hit by a car driven by a man awaiting bail on an armed robbery.
The plaintiffs argued that Daniel Riley, the suspect, should not have been released on bail because he violated the terms of the agreement dozens of times.
Gardner had argued that her office tried to put him behind bars, but the request was denied by a judge.
However, court records indicate that no such requests were made by the prosecutor.
The Attorney General claims that there are nearly 12,000 criminal cases that have been dismissed as a result of Gardner’s failure.
Gardner, a black woman, has previously condemned criticism of her, suggesting efforts to remove her from power are a form of “voter suppression” and are fueled by racism and sexism.
Gardner was among the first prosecutors to be funded by Democratic mega-donor Soros in 2016 and then again during her 2020 re-election campaign.
She announced last month that she will be running for a third term, despite backlash against her.