Police, prosecutor weigh in on recent violence in St. Louis

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Garnder. Credit: KMOV

St. Louis Alderman Joe Vaccaro says the time and resources spent on the invasion of privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have resulted in too many inmates sitting in the city’s Medium Security Institution or the Workhouse.

Prosecutors dropped an invasion of privacy case against Greitens on Monday. The move came after the judge allowed Greitens attorneys to call Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner as a witness.

Lawyers for Greitens have criticized the way Gardner has handled the case.

Vaccaro says too many defendants are sitting in the Workhouse, a caseload back up as a result of too much time and too many resources have been devoted to the Greitens case.

Vaccaro said he wonders what’s ahead considering Gardner’s office asked for money six months ago.

“We actually gave her an additional $500,000 to hire prosecutors and yet she hasn’t hired any prosecutors. I’m aware and all this money is being squandered away. She needs to get her act together and start prosecuting,” said Vaccaro.

Vaccaro said her handling of the Greitens case may be a factor when aldermen begin budget negotiations soon.

Gardner released a statement about the decision to dismiss the charge against Greitens but her office refused a request for an on-camera interview.

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