Should Kim Gardner use more taxpayer money for outside lawyers to defend her office?

Kevin Killeen
May 15, 2019 - 11:37 am
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner

(Kevin Killeen, KMOX)


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner would get permission to shift $244,000 more in taxpayer money to cover her legal bills in the perjury probe, under a plan before the city's top fiscal body.

The three-member panel includes Comptroller Darlene Green, who says those who criticize Gardner using taxpayer money for outside lawyers are motivated by "politics."

KMOX's Kevin Killeen asked her: "What would you say to the concern that money spent on this whole purjury defense is money that we can't spend on going after violent criminals?"

"We have to look at who initiated the accusations. It's totally politically-charged," she responded. "The money is in the budget. If it is there, then I'm sure the Circuit Attorney can and should do the right thing."

Another member, Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, says he's leaning toward voting NO.  The third member, Mayor Krewson, was undecided.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the probe, $250,000 in taxpayer money has been set aside to cover the cost of the special prosecutor investigating Gardner.