Kim Gardner may be in a bit of hot water surrounding her prosecution of the McCloskeys, the now famous gun wielding couple who protected their house from a mob of BLM protesters some months back. Despite being on their own property and acting in self-defense, Gardner, who is a bought and paid for radical, charged the two with assault for clearly political reasons.
This had dragged on, with the McCloskey’s filing a motion in July to remove her from the case because she used their prosecution to fundraise for her re-election campaign multiple times. Now, Gardner has replied.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered the revelations from the filing.
The campaign emails, Gardner said, were responding to criticism of Gardner from high-ranking Republican politicians.
“She did not tie her reelection to the prosecution on this or any case,” Gardner’s filing said. “… Not a word discussed, referenced or implied that the future prosecution of this case was related in any way to the circuit attorney obtaining financial support from those receiving the email.
Gardner’s response, initially filed under seal, was made public over the weekend by the St. Louis Circuit Court.
The McCloskeys’ lawyer, Joel Schwartz, said in a text message Monday that Gardner’s response “is not on point.”
“Amongst other issues, she spends multiple pages detailing the complaints of various politicians and anonymous commentators,” he said. “They are not parties, they are not the prosecutor, and she should understand the difference. We plan on addressing her response in the near future.”
John Sexton over at HotAir covered some of this earlier today and he makes some good points. Gardner is pretty clearly lying in her filing, as she mentions the case multiple times in her fundraising plea. Whether she’s directly soliciting money in order to keep the prosecution going seems rather irrelevant to me. It’s improper to prosecute someone for political reasons and she clearly outed herself as doing that by immediately using the case to fundraise off of.