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Lawyers keep leaving St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office

Lawyers keep leaving St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office

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Kim Gardner and Maurice Foxworth

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, left, and her transition adviser Maurice Foxworth.

The outbound turnstile keeps clicking at the office of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, where three more lawyers this week gave their notices.

Rachel Schwarzlose, a 10-year veteran and head of the office's armed offender unit, plans to work elsewhere, as do Jonathan Bruntrager and Kelly Moyich.

Gardner has lost about two dozen prosecutors — more than one-third of her trial lawyers — since she started her four-year term in January.

Add to that the departure next month of chief warrant officer Ed Postawko, who has worked in the office since 1989.

P-D courts reporter Joel Currier also uncovered that Gardner recently renewed a consulting contract with Maurice Foxworth, a St. Louis University classmate whose law license has been suspended since 2015 for not having paid income taxes and interest exceeding $6,000.

Foxworth helped manage Gardner's political campaign and was hired in January for six months, at a price of $25,000. He picked up a new six-month pact for the same amount.

Gardner has been criticized by current and former staffers for relying on the guidance of a lawyer whose license is suspended, and some claim Foxworth is influencing her personnel decisions and also weighing in on plea and sentencing negotiations. Both Gardner and Foxworth reject those claims.

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