The Saint Louis prosecutor known for filing political charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey and letting Black Lives Matter militants off the hook is notably incapable in securing convictions, boasting one of the lowest conviction rates in murder trials in the nation.
Legal analysis by St. Louis’s KMOV 4 reveals that Gardner ultimately convicted individuals charged with homicides 54% of the time in 2019, and 51% of the time in 2018. That record of futility may be among the worst in the entire country, with KMOV pointing to a prosecutor in the Orlando, Florida area as the only other major prosecutor in the country with a comparable conviction rate.
Previous Saint Louis Circuit Attorneys have secured convictions of 72% of the defendants they charge with homicides.
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