St. Louis County subpoena so broad that prosecutors extend deadline


Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer

Former County Executive Steve Stenger, left, talks to then council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, at the Aug. 1 council meeting. Page became county executive April 19, after Stenger resigned from the position and pled guilty to federal corruption charges. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer.

By Gloria Lloyd
News Editor

The federal subpoena served on St. Louis County government is so voluminous that county attorneys worked out a deal to respond to it in stages, since there were too many documents requested to provide them by the original Wednesday deadline.

The original deadline given in the subpoena was April 10 for a representative of the county to appear before a federal grand jury with an extensive list of documents dating to the beginning of the tenure of County Executive Steve Stenger Jan. 1, 2015.

But County Counselor Peter Krane spoke to federal prosecutors and hammered out an agreement to provide some documents by that Wednesday deadline, then other documents on an ongoing basis until the request is filled, said 6th District County Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville.

The schedule will be “determined by the nature of the documents,” Trakas said, since some are more difficult to provide than others. Some of the records requested are text messages and call records, while others are documents that are already on the county website.

Council Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, initially went public with his memories of the subpoena, which was served March 21, after Krane showed it to him March 22.

The council voted last week 6-0, with 1st District Councilwoman Hazel Erby, D-University City, abstaining, to release the subpoena to the public.

Read the full subpoena here.

Leading up to the initial April 10 deadline, Krane took the lead on gathering the documents.

“Everybody’s been working hard to comply with the subpoena, that’s been my observation,” Page said after the council meeting Tuesday.