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Judge's book about 'femifascists and radical liberals' raises questions about his role at prosecutor's office

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Judge Robert Dierker. Credit: KMOV Judge Robert Dierker. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Some city leaders say they're alarmed by a recent hire in the St. Louis prosecutor's office.

He’s currently a judge in the city. 

But it's what he had said about women in the past that now has some people saying he's not fit for the job.

It’s a book called “The Tyranny of Tolerance: A Sitting Judge Breaks the Code of Silence to Expose the Liberal Judicial Assault.”

It was penned by current St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker in 2006 and to some people, important now because of his new job under Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.

In a statement Monday she announced Dierker has now been hired to supervise all prosecutors in her office.

Tuesday, one alderman took to Twitter upset by the move.

In a series of tweets, Scott Ogilvie wrote: "Robert Dierker should not be supervising prosecutors. His whole career has showed an open hostility towards women and equal rights."

Ogilvie points, as proof, to the book.

So News 4 took a look. In it, Dierker rails against "femifascists and radical liberals" specifically referring to sexual harassment in the workplace.

That’s something, of course, that's been in the news a lot of late.

Dierker wrote quote "sexual harassment law threatens to become a weapon by which femifascists ensure the oppression of men."

Because of Dierker's view, Ogilvie says Kim Gardner should change course with the hire.

But not everyone agrees.

"I think it's a fabulous pick by Ms. Gardner,” said defense attorney Patrick Conroy.

Conroy says Dierker has always been fair and tolerant towards his clients.  

“His personal opinions, left and right, don't concern me at all and that comes from someone we probably don't agree with it at all,” he said.

Dierker's recent colleague Judge Jimmie Edwards told News 4 he saw Dierker's opinions evolve over time. Edwards is now the city's public safety director.

"I think he lends to Kim Gardner the intellect and work ethic she needs,” he said.

News 4 tried reaching out to Dierker but never heard back.

The Circuit Attorney wasn't available for an interview, but sent a statement reading, in part:

“While I fundamentally disagree with Judge Dierker's characterization of feminist activism and other issues outlined in his decade-old book, I believe his body of work on the bench is the best measure of his ability to follow the law and separate his personal views from his work."

She questioned why people stayed silent on the issue, while he was a judge.

Her full statement reads:

I have spoken with Judge Dierker in detail regarding my vision for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office and my ideas pertaining to criminal justice reform. Judge Dierker is so aligned, he accepted a key role in the implementation of that vision.  This is a strong testament to his commitment to challenging the status quo in an effort to reduce violent crime and promote a more just criminal justice system for our city.

While I fundamentally disagree with Judge Dierker’s characterization of feminist activism and other issues outlined in his decade-old book, I believe his body of work on the bench is the best measure of his ability to follow the law and separate his personal views from his work.

Regarding those folks who think this isn’t a good move for the City of St. Louis, I question their silence for all these years while Judge Dierker determined the future of people’s lives as a judge.  I have confidence that his addition to my office is a positive move for this community, otherwise, I wouldn’t have made such a bold decision.    

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