- In July 2019, Solomon filed an initial open, public records request under Missouri’s Sunshine Law for all records of contacts between Gardner’s office and Soros, the Safety and Justice PAC, the Missouri Workforce Housing Association, and several other groups and individuals.
- The suit seeks information on contacts with those named from Jan. 6, 2017 through July 3, 2019.
- Gardner initially ignored the request, then claimed the requested documents were exempt from the state’s sunshine provision, refusing to disclose them.
- The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, ruled Tuesday that St. Louis’ top prosecutor must hand over records concerning her bungled prosecution of former Gov. Eric Greitens to Just the News CEO and Editor in Chief John Solomon, who filed an open-records request for the documents.
- Judge Christopher McGraugh ordered the office of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, one of the nation’s first prosecutors bankrolled by liberal megadonor George Soros, to produce every document requested by Solomon.
- The trial court ruled in favor of Solomon in 2020, finding Gardner’s office purposefully violated the Sunshine Law. According to the judgment, Gardner’s office had to search for and provide to Solomon all the public records he requested within 30 days.
- Solomon was also awarded a civil penalty of $5,000 and reasonable attorney’s fees and other costs associated with the lawsuit.
- Now, Gardner’s office must provide to Solomon “a list that identifies every document responsive to [his] Sunshine Law request” and to the court “a copy of every document responsive” to his request.
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