Judge: Ron Paul Supporter Brent Stafford Found Not Guilty of Trespassing After Republican CaucusSubmitted by PWA on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 15:24
St. Peters Municipal Court Judge Donald Kohl ruled Brent Stafford not guilty of trespassing after the March 17 St. Charles County Republican Caucus at Francis Howell North.
Kohl approved a motion for acquittal by defense attorney David Rolland, of the Freedom Center of Missouri. Rolland cross-examined prosecution witnesses, but had not yet presented defense witnesses.
"Those in authority can't trespass unless they are specifically ordered to leave," Kohl said while giving his ruling. "And then they have to be given an opportunity to leave."
The St. Charles County Republican Central Committee had rented out the building, and Brent Stafford was a committee member. Rolland said the city had not shown that Stafford, a Central Committee member, understood he had to leave the grounds, had been ordered to leave the grounds, or was given opportunity to leave after being ordered to do so.
Rolland said the city of St. Peters didn’t show either that Stafford was specifically ordered to leave or was allowed to leave.