Missouri AG files voluntary dismissal of Gardner quo warranto case

Missouri AG files voluntary dismissal of Gardner quo warranto case

Kim Gardner's quo warranto lawsuit against the state of Missouri has been dismissed.

The Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey's office filed on Wednesday a voluntary dismissal of the quo-warranto case that sought to remove her.

Gardner's legal staff filed a dismissal request shortly after Gardner abruptly resigned on Tuesday, arguing the case was now moot. Bailey's legal team also agreed that the case is now moot at a hearing on Tuesday, saying that they wouldn't be against the motion to dismiss.

Parson named Evan Rodriguez as his interim circuit attorney, while he finished interviewing candidates to fill the permanent position.

Parson hopes to have an appointment with a Friday.

The contempt of court charge against Gardner, which was filed after her resignation on Tuesday, has also been dropped. A special prosecutor said that the case "nolonger serves the interests of justice," because Gardner and the former assistant prosecutor are no longer employed by the Circuit Attorney's Office.

The filing by Bailey's Office on Wednesday, which consisted of a single sentence, put an end to months of efforts to remove Gardner as president.

Gardner's Office was under increasing pressure following contempt of court proceedings, resignations of staff attorneys and handling high-profile cases.

In one instance, a 17 year old volleyball player was seriously injured by a driver who was under house arrest.