St. Louis, Missouri: A judge removed Democrat prosecutor Kim Gardener, who was funded by George Soros, from the case against the McCloskeys, the armed couple who defended themselves and their property after a Black lives Matter group broke down the gate in the gated community in June. The judge said that Gardner's campaign emails raised the appearance that she "initiated a criminal prosecution for political purposes." The judge will appoint a new prosecutor from another jurisdiction in the case of Mark McCloskey, but the ruling does not apply to Patricia McCloskey's case, as she has a different judge. Governor Mike Parson has offered to pardon the McCloskeys should they be found guilty of a crime, saying the state's Castle Doctrine allows people to use lethal force to protect their private property.
A judge on Thursday cited improper fundraising emails by Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner's campaign in disqualifying Gardner and her office from a gun case against Mark McCloskey, who with his wife pointed firearms at protesters outside their Central West End home in June.
Circuit Judge Thomas Clark II's order said two fundraising emails that Gardner's reelection campaign sent in response to political attacks before and after she charged Mark and Patricia McCloskey with felony gun crimes in July raised the appearance that she "initiated a criminal prosecution for political purposes."