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District Defender Wants Circuit Attorney Kim Gardener to Follow the Rules

May 08, 2018 - 10:24 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is being accused of being slow to turn over evidence - or not turning it over at all.

Mary Fox, the District Defender in the St. Louis City Trial office, says Gardner's office has ten days to give evidence to the defense during the discovery process - that's a state Supreme Court rule. Fox says the people the circuit attorney's office haven't been trained on that.

“The attorneys that are in the office now came in under Kim Gardener, and they have never been trained on what their discovery obligations are. And there’s no procedure that I know of that’s put into place to ensure that the defendants receive their discovery in a timely manner,” she says.

Fox's petition is asking a judge to force Gardner to comply with the rules, and then monitor to make sure they keep being followed. Fox says trials are getting continued, people are sitting in jail for months when they shouldn't be, and city taxpayers are getting the bill.