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SLU Prof: Gardner On 'Shaky Ethical Ground' With Greitens Agreement

"Well how is this different from public corruption - the acceptance of money in exchange for a thing?"

June 04, 2018 - 4:51 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The governor resigns. The St. Louis circuit attorney drops all the charges against him. And a clause in the agreement releases Kim Gardner from any future civil liability or lawsuit in the matter.

St. Louis University Professor Brendan Roediger thinks Gardner is on shaky ethical ground there.
 
"And the reason is that the prosecutor's job is to act in the public welfare at all times," he says. "And so really the minute, as a prosecutor, that you start to think to yourself, how do I protect myself financially, or in terms of reputation, the proper response is to step aside, to recuse youself, which of course she did not want to do."


 
Roediger says the document reads as, Gardner drops the charges in exchange for Greitens not suing her, which is like quid pro quo.

"Well how is this different from public corruption - the acceptance of money in exchange for a thing?" he asks.

Gardner says she didn't want taxpayers on the hook for future, possibly frivilous, lawsuits.