Kim Gardner, the George Soros-backed district attorney of St. Louis, is fighting efforts to remove her for failure to prosecute criminals, blaming her subordinates for any "possible mistakes."
Gardner filed a motion to dismiss Missouri attorney general Andrew Bailey’s lawsuit for her removal, arguing that she was not "personally" responsible for failures in her office, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. A judge will hear the arguments on April 18.
"Not a single one of the actions alleged is ascribed to Ms. Gardner, herself, personally," her motion states. "All that is alleged are possible mistakes by subordinates and otherwise ordinary prosecutorial conduct."
Bailey claimed that Gardner had "lost the trust of the people" by not prosecuting cases. Bailey sought to remove Gardner in February after a suspected robber and repeat offender who had violated his parole conditions caused a crash, leaving a teenage girl severely and permanently injured.
In 2017, Gardner teamed up with a Soros-backed group, the Vera Institute of Justice, which works to end "mass incarceration" and "racial oppression" in the criminal justice system. A Fox News investigation found that 35.8 percent of cases under Gardner's supervision in 2020 were not prosecuted.
A report from the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund revealed in 2022 that Soros spent over $40 million in the past decade to elect 75 liberal prosecutors, including Gardner, in half of America's largest jurisdictions.
"Soros's funding and installation of these district attorneys is fundamentally dismantling the criminal justice system as we know it," the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund president told the Washington Free Beacon.