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.