St. Louis Prosecutor Removed from McCloskey Self-Defense Case

The Charge Against St. Louis Couple for Defending their Home
The Charge Against St. Louis Couple for Defending their Home

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On 10 December 2020, in the Missouri Circuit Court, the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit (City of St. Louis), Judge Thomas Clark, II, removed Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner from the prosecution of the criminal case against Mark McCloskey.  The case before the court did not include Mark’s wife, Patricia.

The case caught national attention with the video evidence available. According to a St. Louis Today.com article, a motion will be filed to extend the ruling to Patricia:

Defense lawyer Joel Schwartz said he’ll file a motion requesting that Stelzer adopt Clark’s ruling in Patricia McCloskey’s case.

“This is what we wanted,” Schwartz said. “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.”

The Court cited both statutory law and rules of conduct for prosecutors. From the Court order,  Rule 4-3.8(f) states:

Although the announcement of an indictment, for example, will necessarily have severe consequences for the accused, a prosecutor can and should avoid comments that have no legitimate law enforcement purpose and have a substantial likelihood for increasing public approbrium of the accused.

Understandably, 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. In fact, the case law and the Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit it. These expectations are real. For these collective reasons the court grants Defedant’s motion and orders that the Circuit Attorney shall be disqualified from prosecuting this matter.

Then the Court disqualifies the entire Circuit Attorney’s office from prosecuting the matter as well, saying they are all tainted because they all work for the Circuit Attorney, Kim Gardner. The case has been so public they cannot escape an appearance of impropriety.

In the conclusion, the Court shows they have balanced the will of the voters with the rule of law. From the Court Order:

The court does not seek to disregard the will of the voters and does not make this decision lightly. Ms. Gardner enjoys the honor of representing the citizens as their elected official but she is equally bound by the applicable court precedent and the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri. She assumed these obligations when she was elected as a public official as well as when she first entered the legal profession. She is accountable – not just to the voters but to the rule of law. The court is similarly obligated to follow the law.

The statute is explicitly clear and without any ambiguity, allowing the court to remove the prosecutor if the prosecutor has a personal interest in a particular case. §56.110 RSMo. The campaign emails demonstrate the Circuit Attorney’s personal interest in this case, raise the appearance of impropriety and jeopardize the Defendant’s right to a fair trial. Among other previously described concerns, these email solicitations aim to raise money using the Defendant and the circumstances surrounding the case to rally Ms. Gardner’s political base and fuel contributions.

The entire ruling is beautifully written. It is a fun read.

The concept that prosecutors can be thrown off a case because of a personal conflict is an important part of the rule of law.  It happens very seldom, but it does happen. It is a refreshing difference from prosecutors being given absolute immunity from lawsuits by the Supreme Court in the 1980s.

The fundraising email sent out by Kim Gardner before she brought charges against the McCloskeys is reminiscent of communist propaganda.

For example, fundraising email claims:

“President Trump and the Governor are fighting for the two who pointed guns at peaceful citizens during the Black Lives Matter protests.”

“isn’t afraid to stand up and hold those accountable who are perpetuating a system of systemic racism and police brutality.”

In a later email:

“This is what happens when leaders like Kim stand up against a system that elevates the privileged and powerful.”

It is likely voters in St. Louis will continue to re-elect Kim. She is adept at playing the victim card and the race card. She will likely continue to get money from George Soros and similar left-wing funds. It seems probable, with a different prosecutor, the charges will be dropped. They never were rational under Missouri law.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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gooder12
gooder12
10 months ago

Way Back When I got the right to vote, the draft #252 for Nam, and is SD I could now drink 3.2 Beer at the age of 18, I registered to vote as an Independent, and today I am the same old same old. I have never really trustd either the right or the left, and today still the same old same old, but we r getting more divided which is what worries me the most. Simple thing is Free Your Mind, Be Party Blind. Both sides want it their way now-a-days and they no longer are willing to compromise.… Read more »

macdog
macdog
10 months ago

A little too late. He’s a part of the swamp. A little more action than sell out Sessions. Didn’t seem to bother him about little hunter and big daddy money laundering, corrupt, chinese, commy Joe; like rollover roberts supposed chief justice. No action POS will have a nice retirement while the rest of us scramble to our bunkers.

macdog
macdog
10 months ago
Reply to  macdog

Dip sh-t lying coumo the homo is LIEDIN’s top pick for that AG. God help us.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
10 months ago
Reply to  macdog

There will probably be enough votes from Republican Senators to confirm him.

Barry
Barry
10 months ago

Problem is that the voters are so ignorant of everything from the Constitution down to local laws that they do not understand how or government works. The democrat party has been responsible for the dumbing down of the populace by making education more of propaganda and not knowledge. The media has had a hand in all of this and is responsible in no small measure for the results. The law should allow these elected officials like Kim Gardner to not only be disciplined by the courts but removed from office for violation of Constitutional Rights, particularly when the violation is… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
10 months ago
Reply to  Barry

I agree but it is obvious now with all the dealings that have taken place as of late that democrats have different rules that they play by and different penalties for doing the same thing a republican would go to jail for.
Huston, we have a problem and we need to fix it. We should start with this election.

TStheDeplorable
TStheDeplorable
10 months ago

The shame of the judicial system is that judges fear being judgmental. I quit the practice of law because of it. It’s good to see a judge who applied his authority to uphold the law, even though it cannot have helped him politically to do so in this case. St. Louis is a democrat hellhole.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
10 months ago

correction, St. Louis is a democrat (shit hole). I was there. We stayed in Indiana and went in to check it out and made sure we were back in Indiana before dark. We wanted to get some ribs but at that time 2015 that town had the highest report of salmonella in the United States and their own government was publicizing on tv and radio not to eat at any of the restaurants there.

hippybiker
hippybiker
10 months ago

This Creep seems to be someone who feels she’s a member of an entitled group with special privileges! They rightfully smacked her down and told her to behave!

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
10 months ago

It’s amazing that the reporter who filed the first story has left out that a couple of the rioters/demonstrators were openly carrying firearms on their hips.
Saw it on TV when this first made the news and it’s been shelved ever since.
So much for fair and balanced reporting by the media, just shows the bias.

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
10 months ago

The St Louis prosecutor may as well dismiss the charges as the governor has said if they should be convicted of any charges he will pardon them.
Any more court time is just a waste of taxpayer’s dollars and the court time could be used for serious crimes that are back logged in St Louis.
This whole farce is just a liberal prosecutor trying to get a name for a run at a higher office in the future.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
10 months ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

They shouldn’t be convicted because if they are it would be a felony and then they would not be allowed to have firearms. The entire case needs to be dismissed and the the state or city sued.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
10 months ago

It’s unfortunate that Law Enforcement arrested the wrong people.

Stag
Stag
10 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

Unfortunate but not unusual.

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JSNMGC
JSNMGC
10 months ago
Reply to  Stag

There are LEOs on other sites who talk out of both sides of their mouth: One side of the mouth – Just following orders. If you don’t like the laws, you should vote for better legislators. You can’t expect me to pick and choose what laws to enforce – that is the job of the Supreme Court. The other side of their mouth – We will never arrest anyone or confiscate guns because of refusal to comply with the upcoming gun control laws. More laws will be passed and there will be a mechanism to allow local (not just Federal)… Read more »

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JSNMGC
JSNMGC
10 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I agree, I just strive to separate the good from the bad. I support all good LEOs.

There has certainly been a large number of LEOs who stood by and watched criminals do there thing this year.

There was also no shortage of LEOs at Mac’s Public House and many other locations where they enforced ridiculous regulations.

In other places, LEOs have refused to enforce health orders and have promised to arrest arsonists, looters, armed robbers etc. I don’t know what they would do if feds came in to destroy someone’s life over a rifle they bought legally.