The recent indictment of Mark and Patricia McCloskey in St. Louis for appearing armed to protect their home and property from a potentially violent mob of protestors who had broken into the gated community in which they live and were on their property has put a spotlight on St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner and the leftist campaign to weaponize criminal law in support of their radical agenda.
Billionaire left-wing funder George Soros leads a group of like-minded “progressives” who have spent millions of dollars over the last few election cycles supporting left-wing candidates running for city and country prosecutorial positions that will allow them to use the law to advance their agenda while attacking their opponents in court.
St. Louis Circuit prosecutor Kim Gardner was elected with nearly $190,000 from a Soros funded Super PAC in 2018 and has raked in another $80,000 this year from Soros as she prepares to run for re-election. Gardner’s election quickly made her the poster child for the effort to use the criminal laws to go after Republican and conservative politicians.
Shortly after her election Gardner purged nearly forty percent of the career prosecutors in her office and indicted the State’s sitting Republican Governor, Eric Greitens relying on questionable evidence provided by a friend she hired as a special investigator who was subsequently himself indicted for evidence tampering and perjury as the case headed for trial. When the presiding judge ruled that Greiten’s lawyers could call Gardner herself to testify, she dropped the case against the Governor who had already resigned because of the controversy stirred up by the Gardner indictment, presumably to avoid risking perjury charges herself.
Since then she has carried on a war with St. Louis police, providing lists of officers she will not allow to testify in criminal cases and making it clear that private property and the rights of citizens must always take a back seat to the rights of “protestors,” a position on which she has “doubled down” on with the McCloskey indictment.
Missouri has, like many other states, enacted the “Castle Doctrine” which allows a homeowner to protect his or her home with deadly force if it is attacked and removes the duty “to retreat” rather than use force if that is possible. The McCloskey’s did not have to use force, but prosecutors claim a Missouri law against brandishing a working weapon negates the doctrine anyway. To make that charge stick, Gardner has resorted to the same trickery she employed against the former Governor. It turned out that Patricia McCloskey’s handgun was not a working weapon, but an inoperative gun used as an exhibit by her lawyer husband in a previous legal case.
That wasn’t a problem for Gardner who simply had her office order city technicians to repair the gun so she would have a working weapon as an exhibit should the case get to trial. That seems unlikely, however, as Missourians who don’t share the Gardner/Soros agenda are outraged by her conduct. The Governor has said that if the McCloskeys are tried and convicted, he would probably pardon them anyway and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has called for a Congressional investigation into her actions.
Gardner says all her critics, from the Governor whose career she destroyed, to the McCloskeys, Senator Hawley and President Trump are involved in a racist conspiracy against her when in fact, she, George Soros and other radical left-wing billionaires are involved in a long-standing and very well-funded conspiracy to subvert the very justice system she swore to uphold when she took office.
The bottom line is that there are more Kim Gardners out there running for office this fall backed by George Soros and dedicated to destroying the traditional American legal system. They know they don’t have to convict those with whom they disagree, they can simply use the law to demonize and break them financially once they have the power of the prosecutor in their hands.