Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has challenged the establishment to make the community safer and more fair — and the establishment wants her to pay.

A flowchart describing the relationships between the individuals in the investigation

“Basically they [Greitens’s lawyers] told me I would be ruined personally, professionally, and it’s only going to get worse,” Gardner said, after she refused to drop her case against former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Since her election, Gardner has made reforms that the establishment did not pre-approve. She prosecuted police officers who violated public trust. She refused to rely on the testimony of officers who committed misconduct. And she shifted focus to addressing serious, unsolved crimes like murders and rapes instead of continuing to arrest and jail people for low-level, nonviolent offenses like marijuana possession.

For this, she has found herself at the center of attacks by a cast of characters determined to bring her down, especially after she refused to turn a blind eye to evidence that then-Missouri Governor Eric Greitens broke the law by blackmailing his mistress with a partially nude photo.

And now, her opponents have banded together to try and push her out in an unprecedented attack. A close examination shows a group of corrupt, interconnected, and powerful individuals are charging at Gardner to protect the entrenched interests of St. Louis’s elite.

The judge who has been presiding over the investigation against Gardner, Michael Mullen, has demonstrated a clear bias against Gardner.

The Special Prosecutor, Gerard Carmody, is unqualified and should never have been appointed to Gardner’s case.

The St. Louis American questioned Carmody’s qualifications to be special prosecutor reporting “[f]or reasons that the public will never know—because there is no documentation of this decision—Circuit Judge Michael Mullen thought this highly regarded and expensive real estate lawyer would be the best fit for the special prosecutor...”

After being appointed, Gerard Carmody took the unusual step of asking two of his children, former prosecutors in the Circuit Attorney’s Office, to help him.

Ryann Carmody Mantovani, Carmody’s daughter, is going after Kim Gardner with guns literally drawn.

  • Ryann Carmody, along with Sgt. Jatonya Clayborn, went to the Circuit Attorney’s Office on April 29th, with 10–15 police officers with guns drawn. Clayborn demanded access to the server closet and threatened to kick down a door to serve a subpoena they knew Gardner’s team was appealing. “For the next 3.5 hours, these officers and Ms. Carmody engaged in a campaign of intimidation, misinformation and unethical conduct.”
  • In one instance, Clayborn told the circuit attorney’s information technology specialist that she would “kick the door in” if he wouldn’t let her into the server closet. The police and Carmody also told staff that Gardner and her defense lawyers knew that they were coming, which was a false statement,” according to court documents filed by Gardner’s team.
  • Patrick Carmody, Jerry Carmody’s son is the third special prosecutor on the case. He, too, was at the Circuit Attorney’s Office prior to joining his dad’s firm.
  • Gardner’s lawyers sought to disqualify Carmody after he assigned his son and daughter to assist in the prosecution, citing clear violations of Missouri’s nepotism laws, because family members acting in a government role can’t hire other family members, but their petition was denied.

In appointing Carmody to investigate Kim Gardner, Judge Mullen chose the close friend of the man who promised to ruin Kim Gardner:

  • Greitens’ defense team, lead by Ed Dowd, told her “[she] would be ruined personally, professionally, and it’s only going to get worse.” Gardner reported the threats to the police. The investigation has gone nowhere.
  • A month later, Gardner learned that Greitens’ lawyers threatened her staff if she didn’t stop the prosecution, “with the request to inform me what was going to happen if I did not dismiss the current pending Greitens case.” Gardner reported those threats to Judge Mullen; again, no action was taken.
  • Ed Dowd and Jerry Carmody are close friends and former classmates. They graduated together in 1967 from the elite Chaminade College Preparatory School and just two years ago were both on their class’s four-member 50th Class Reunion Committee.
  • They are a tight-knit crew, as reported by the Post-Dispatch in 2008: “Jerry and Suzzie Carmody, Bob and Carolyn McCulloch and Ed and Jill Dowd hosted a poolside party Tuesday night for Republican-turned-Democrat Chris Koster.”
  • Dowd and Carmody worked together at Bryan Cave law firm and afterward supported each other:
    • In 1999, “Carmody, an alum of the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office, was nominated [for Missouri’s appellate judicial commission] by a bevy of local legal luminaries, including: Edward L. Dowd, Jack Danforth, St. Louis county prosecutor Bob McCulloch, city counselor Tom Ray, Charles Siegal, Patty Hart, Joyce Capshaw, Gerry Orbats, and Mike O’Keefe.” (St. Louis Post Dispatch, July 16, 1999, A2.)

Prosecutors are rarely prosecuted for the mistakes or even misconduct that occurs while they are in office. This type of prosecution of a prosecutor for the types of mistakes of which Kim Gardner is accused of is “virtually unheard of.”

  • According to the National Exoneration Registry, there have been 1316 cases where “official misconduct” has contributed to a wrongful conviction. Those convictions meant years, and often decades, behind bars before the innocent person was exonerated.
  • There have been about 700 exonerations where prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence or committed other misconduct.
  • Yet, those prosecutors and police officers are almost never prosecuted or punished for their misconduct.