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Paul Campaign Leader is Cleared of Charges Related to St. Charles County GOP Convention

August 1, 2012

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By Mark Schlinkmann

ST. PETERS • A local campaign leader for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Tuesday night was acquitted of trespassing in the wake of the unruly St. Charles County GOP caucus that broke up in disarray March 17.

Municipal Judge Donald Kohl cleared the defendant, Brent Stafford, 45, of O’Fallon, Mo., after hearing testimony from witnesses Tuesday night and on July 24.

Stafford had been arrested on the sidewalk outside the caucus site, the Francis Howell North High School gym, as he was trying to get caucus participants to reconvene.

The caucus had shut down after about a half hour of boisterous disputes. Some of the several hundred people present, with Paul supporters in the forefront, yelled objections to decisions made by caucus organizers. Much criticism was aimed at a ban on videotaping and other recording.

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  • livefree-nh

    I think it is important to make the distinction between “cleared” (as this article correctly points out) and maybe “found not guilty” (a la OJ and other not guilty persons). These charges certainly seem to be politically motivated and someone using the system against a decent and principled person.

    I don’t know, and I wasn’t there. But knowing what I do about the kind of people who call themselves “Ron Paul supporters”, I would have to give the presumption of innocence to Mr. Stafford. I guess that makes me biased and probably not suitable to be on the jury, as well…..

    As a side note: Ron Paul supporters are not really supporting the man. It’s the idea we embrace. This has been the way forever. It makes it so that if, God forbid, the man disappears for some reason, the idea continues. This is, in fact, the difference between a “cult” and a “religion”, that is, following a man or following a principle. Compare the path of Jim Jones, David Koresh, Marshall Applewhite, versus that of Jesus of Nazareth. The idea lives.

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