St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who’s come under increasing criticism for her handling of the case against St. Louis homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, is now accusing the couple of turning their case into “political theater,” though she’s apparently choosing to ignore the fact that as prosecutor, she’s the executive producer of any theatrics that might emerge from the case.
Gardner’s comments came in a court filing in response to a motion by the McCloskeys to get Gardner removed from the case over repeated emails from Gardner’s campaign that referenced the charges her office filed against the couple after they displayed firearms from the front yard of their home as hundreds of protesters marched through their private community in late June. The prosecutor claims that, far from engaging in political theater of her own, she was simply responding to Republican critics when she used the case to raise money for her re-election.
“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.”