St. Louis, MO — A judge in St. Louis, MO has ordered radical leftist Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and her office to step away from the case involving Mark and Patricia McCloskey. Gardner and her staff have charged each of the McCloskeys with a felony for ‘unlawful use of a weapon’ and ‘evidence tampering.’
Gardner had been sending campaign fundraising emails for her own reelection campaign in recent weeks. Six weeks ago, the McCloskey’s attorney had filed a motion arguing that these statements in her fundraising letters demonstrated that not only was she unbiased, but her bias made it impossible for the McCloskeys to receive a fair trial at the hands of anybody in her office.
On Thursday, December 11th, Judge Thomas Clark agreed when he ruled that Gardner’s office must step away from the case.
In her rebuttal [to the McCloskey’s motion to have her dismissed], Gardner argued she sent the emails merely to respond to criticisms from the governor and president. But, in his 22-page ruling, Clark disagreed.
“Ms. Gardner has every right to rebut criticism, but it appears unnecessary to stigmatize defendant – or even mention him – in campaign solicitations, especially when she purports to be responding to others,” he wrote. “In fact, the case law and Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit it.”
This means that couple will face an appointed prosecutor. In the jurisdiction of St. Louis, the presiding judge appoints a special prosecutor. Judge Rex Burlison is currently St. Louis’ presiding judge. Judge Clark has scheduled a status hearing on the case for Jan. 7, 2021.
Of course, Gardner’s office wasn’t happy. Her office released a clipped statement saying, “”Today the media reported on a judge’s ruling on the Mark McCloskey case prior to any official notification. We will review the court order and determine our options.”
Gardner’s office came under fire from the McCloskey’s office after she sent fundraising emails referring to the McCloskey case just hours after charging the couple with a crime.
In the campaign emails in question, Gardner mentions the president and governor’s criticisms, accusing them of “fighting for the two who pointed guns at citizens during the Black Lives Matter protests.” One of the emails was sent 48 hours after she announced she was charging the couple. She raised more than $17,000 between July 17 and July 23, which is when the emails were sent.
Meanwhile, Judge Clark said that he didn’t take it lightly that he was removing the properly elected public official from doing her job, effectively silencing the voters.
But in this case, Clark said that Gardner’s series of fundraising emails featured the McCloskey case with an “aim to raise money using the defendant and the circumstances surrounding the case to rally Ms. Gardner’s political base and fuel contributions.”
A Soros-Funded Leftist
Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner seems to hate the Second Amendment and especially Missouri’s Stand-Your-Ground law and Castle Doctrine. Why would somebody who doesn’t agree with the law want to be a prosecuting attorney?
The water gets clearer when you realize that Kim Gardner’s 2020 re-election campaign received $78,000 in donations from a Soros-funded PAC. She received funding from another Soros-funded PAC for her election campaign in 2016, as well.
Essentially, George Soros is her sugar daddy and she’s happy to persecute, er, PROSECUTE any gun owners brave enough to defend themselves from a violent, destructive mob of Black Lives Matter protestors.
Good News For The McCloskeys…
…is good news for gun owners. The point isn’t that most of us will have a Black Lives Matter mob break down our property gate and threaten to kill us. Though after this summer, that seems more of a threat than we imagined.
Still, the victory here is that the left didn’t make the McCloskeys fold.
After all, a leftist-funded prosecutor can easily ruin your life if they hate you or your gun rights enough. But Gardner picked the wrong target in trying to make an example out of the McCloskeys.
They have plenty of money to fight this battle, where most Average Joe gun owners would have been forced to take a deal by now due to the staggeringly high legal fees that high-profile cases like this pile up.
Additionally, the couple can’t be fired from their job by Cancel Culture, where, again, the Average Joe gun owner would have been forced to give in by now to keep bread on the table for their family.
This win for the McCloskeys is a win for all gun owners — and for Missouri’s Stand-Your-Ground law!