Brent Stafford Trial BeginsSubmitted by Peace Gold Love on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 22:34
This is infuriating to read if you know the truth and have seen the videos, but Brent deserves to have us all pulling for him.
ST. PETERS • A local leader in Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul's campaign was arrested because he tried to "reorganize and reopen" the unruly St. Charles County GOP caucus March 17 after it disbanded, a St. Peters police officer testified Tuesday.
"He was attempting to keep the people from leaving," Sgt. Tim Hickey said on the opening day of the trial of Brent Stafford, 45, of O'Fallon, Mo., who faces a trespassing charge in municipal court. The trial resumes next Tuesday night.
Stafford maintains he did nothing wrong. He has said he left the caucus site, the Francis Howell North High School gym, with other participants as ordered by police and then exercised his free-speech rights on the sidewalk outside by trying to reconvene.
The police order didn't apply there, argued Stafford's attorney, David Roland. City officials contend that it did.