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A Missouri appeals court panel on Tuesday heard oral arguments in Just the News CEO John Solomon’s attempt to acquire documents from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office under so-called “Sunshine Laws” that legally entitle journalists access to government records.
The court proceeding follows an appeal by Gardner’s office of a ruling by St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Christopher McCraugh that records pertaining to a 2018 investigation should be released to Solomon.
The veteran investigative reporter initially filed the records request in mid-2019, seeking correspondence between Gardner’s office and billionaire political donor George Soros, two former state representatives, and Missouri Times Publisher Scott Faugh, among others — all while the office was investigating then-Missouri GOP Gov. Eric Greitens.
Despite the state’s Sunshine Law, the records were not produced, prompting Solomon to file suit in January 2020.
Dave Roland, an attorney for the plaintiff and director of litigation at the Freedom Center of Missouri, said that “over the intervening nine months (between the request and the filing of the suit), the circuit attorney had four concrete, unambiguous deadlines by which the office was required to file documents with the court … and the office ignored every single one.” more