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Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who became public enemy number one to the institutional left over the summer for the crime of defending their home from invading, left-wing extremists, just won their first notable court victory.
On Thursday a federal judge dismissed from Mark’s case only — Patricia’s case is separate — the corrupt Democrat, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who has relentlessly sought to tar, feather and destroy the couple for having pointed weapons at left-wing extremists who’d invaded their property over the summer.
In his ruling, Circuit Judge Thomas Clark II slammed Gardner for “rais[ing] the appearance of impropriety and jeopardiz[ing] the defendant’s right to a fair trial” by sending out fundraising elections that had mentioned the couple.
“Like a needle pulling thread, she links the defendant and his conduct to her critics. These emails are tailored to use the June 28 incident to solicit money by positioning her against the defendant and her more vocal critics,” he reportedly wrote.
In the email, Gardner reportedly accused President Donald Trump and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, both of whom have defended the McCloskeys, of “fighting for the two who pointed guns at citizens during the Black Lives Matter protests.”
The so-called “citizens” were violent, left-wing Black Lives Matter extremists who’d trespassed onto the couple’s property and then threatened to kill them.
See scenes from the so-called “protest” below (*Graphic content):
Leftists on Twitter are offended that this home owner stepped outside with a gun to prevent Black Lives Matter protestors from storming his home in St Louis. Good for him. pic.twitter.com/qCszCoTmdI
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 29, 2020
Clark further reportedly barred everyone in Gardner’s office from also handling the case.
“This is a high-profile case, receiving extensive media coverage, eliminating any possibility that any assistant circuit attorney is unaware of Ms. Gardner’s incipient interest, initial involvement and advocacy on this matter,” he reportedly wrote.
As of Friday, Gardner had not yet responded to this defeat — which the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has described as a “political blow” — though she had retweeted the following:
Statement from Circuit Attorney Office, City of St. Louis
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. pic.twitter.com/drVK9EjJI1
— Circuit Attorney (@stlcao) December 10, 2020
Note that the ruling only applies to Mark’s case, though the couple’s attorney, Joel Schwartz, is seeking to have the ruling apply to Patricia’s case as well.
Moreover, Schwartz appears to be confident the ruling is the beginning of the end for Gardner’s veritable witch hunt against the McCloskeys.
“We would like a fair-minded prosecutor to take a look at the alleged crimes and reassess the evidence and see what they come up with because we don’t believe any of the evidence supports any of the charges. … As long as that happens, then I think we’ll have the right outcome and that would hopefully be no charges,” he said.
Gardner has faced scathing criticism from conservatives/Republicans — but not liberals/Democrats — ever since she announced an investigation into the McCloskeys in July and then later hit them with felony charges.
“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening matter at those participating in nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force, this type of conduct is unacceptable in St. Louis. We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation will not be tolerated,” she said in late July.
St. Louis couple hit with felony charges; outraged governor says murders are backlogged, Soros-backed prosecutor accelerated this https://t.co/wxUENYXOxO via @BIZPACReview
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 21, 2020
Conversely, Gardner paid no heed to their side of the story.
“A mob of at least 100 smashed through the iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear for our lives,” Mark had told local news station KMOV after the original incident.
“One fellow standing right in front of me pulled out two pistol magazines, clicked them together, and said, ‘You’re next.’ That was the first death threat we got that night. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob.”
But according to Gardner, the “angry mob” was the good guys …
Republicans, including the president, disagreed and thus subsequently invited the couple to speak at this year’s National Republican Convention to warn Americans of what might happen to them if more Democrats like Gardner gain power.
“What happened to us could have just as easily happened to you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country, and that’s what we want to speak to you about tonight,” the couple said.
“Whether it’s the defunding of police, ending cash bail so criminals can be released back out on the streets the same day to riot again, or encouraging chaos and anarchy on our streets, it seems as if the Democrats no longer view the government’s job as protecting honest citizens from criminals.”
And the only people protecting the public from the whims of these Democrats, it would appear, are judges like Clark, who was appointed to his post three years ago by then Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican.
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