Taxpayer Bill for Greitens Case: $100,000

Circuit Attorney faces questions from aldermen

Kevin Killeen
May 31, 2018 - 1:59 pm
Kim Gardener addresses the Ways and Means Committee

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -The prosecutor who went after Eric Greitens on two felony charges is defending the cost to taxpayers, appearing before a City Hall budget committee.

In testimony before the Aldermanic Ways and Means committee, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner testified that the Greiten's cases would cost taxpayers about $65,000.

Then with reporters, when asked if the cost could rise, she said maybe some, but it "won't be six figures."

Shortly after the event, her office updated the estimate saying the total cost could rise to somewhere around $100,000.

Gardner made no apologies for the five-month effort, telling aldermen that only her executive staff worked on the Greiten's cases, and it didn't take away from everyday violent crime prosecutions .

Alderman Joe Vaccaro, the lone Gardner critic on the committee, told her that his constituents have been asking him, "How much money have we wasted on this case?"

Gardner pushed back, asking Vaccaro why he's focussing on the cost of just the Greiten's case, when the Chain of Rocks murder case of Reginald Clemens went on for twenty years and cost much more.

Afterwards, Gardner was swarmed by reporters, repeating some her talking points from the testimony, but refusing to answer several questions.

Q: How can you say your technology is up to date when there was ten minutes of silence on the deposition tape of K.S., Greitens' former lover?

A: "I'm not going to speak to that," Gardner said.

Q: Was the Greiten's prosecution worth it?

A: "I'm not going to speak to that," Gardner said.

Q: Hindsight being what it is, would you have still have hired Mr. Tisaby and Mr. Sullivan on this case?

A: "I'm not going to speak to that, but I think that we put together a team that was needed to address the issues we needed, and we're moving forward," Gardner said.

Q: After all these months without a picture, was there a calculated risk to go after Greitens and hope to get the picture later?

A: "I'm not going to speak to that," Gardner said.

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