Grand jury disbands without charging Gardner

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner listens to questions from a reporter during a news conference inside the Carnahan Courthouse on Thursday, July 11, 2019, after a grand jury disbanded without charging her in connection to last year's invasion-of-privacy case against former Gov. Eric Greitens. Photo by Cristina M. Fletes, cfletes@post-dispatch.com.

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ST. LOUIS — John Solomon, a Fox News contributor and former editor of The Washington Times, has sued the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office alleging violations of Missouri's open records law.

Solomon filed suit Jan. 10 in St. Louis Circuit Court accusing St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner's office of failing to respond to records requests and to produce documents for months following his July request for "contacts between" Gardner, her staff and multiple key players in the 2018 invasion of privacy investigation of then-Gov. Eric Greitens.

Those people include Missouri Times publisher Scott Faughn, Clayton lawyer Albert Watkins, billionaire and political donor George Soros, and former state Reps. Stacey Newman and Jay Barnes.

The suit also names Jim Michaels, a longtime former city prosecutor who served as the Circuit Attorney's Office's custodian of records. He declined comment.

A spokeswoman for Gardner did not have a comment Tuesday.

The Sunshine Law, Missouri’s open records law, requires governments to respond to requests for access to public records within three days. The law requires that exemptions from disclosing public records must be "strictly construed" to promote a public policy of openness.

Joel Currier • 314-340-8132

@joelcurrier on Twitter

jcurrier@post-dispatch.com

This article originally ran on stltoday.com.

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