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Trial of Tea Party Hero Kenneth Gladney Could Boil Down to Best Actor

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Gladney in a wheelchair two days after the alleged assault.
Updated, Wednesday, July 13: Defendants Elston McGowan and Perry Molens were found not guilty.

Original post follows...

Nearly two years after the fact, a trial is finally underway regarding a dust-up that occurred following a health-care forum in south St. Louis County.

As you'll recall, Kenneth Gladney was handing out Tea Party swag outside a town hall meeting hosted by Congressman Russ Carnahan when he was allegedly attacked by "union thugs" Elston McCowan and Perry Molens. During the first day of the trial Monday, prosecutors charging McCowan and Molens with misdemeanor assault called on Gladney and several witnesses to the scuffle (viewable here).

Blogger Adam Shriver with St. Louis Activist Hub has a detailed account of yesterday's testimony and notes that during cross examination the attorney for McCowan and Molens grilled Gladney on a tidbit first exposed by Daily RFT: that Gladney was at the health-care forum to sell Tea Party mementos, not give them out for free as suggested in earlier account. The defense also hammered Gladney on why he was seen walking around virtually unscathed in the immediate aftermath of the fight only to show up in a wheelchair two days later at a Tea Party rally.

The second witness, Sandra Himes, told jurors that she heard McGowan call Gladney the n-word, which seems a bit unusual seeing how both McCowan and Gladney are both black.

And while Shriver saw the preponderance of the testimony as damaging for Gladney, right-wing blogger Jim Hoft painted an entirely different picture of yesterday's trial. He writes on his Gateway Pundit that the the SEIU union packed the courtroom with "thugs" aimed at further intimidating Gladney.

In the end, the winner of the trial may come down to the best actor. Gladney appeared in court yesterday in a neck brace, telling attorneys that he'd recently (and conveniently) undergone surgery on his back for an unrelated matter. Molens, meanwhile, appeared in court looking like a "greaser" from The Outsiders. Kevin Killeen at KMOX tweeted yesterday that Molens sported a black shirt, no tie and duck tail hair.

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Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs

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Tyson Lauby
Tyson Lauby

Just wait until the main witness is proven to have perjured herself. The fireworks are only just about to start. I'm gonna go get my popcorn.

jinx
jinx

Your revolution is over, Mr. Gladney. The dipshits lost!

14freedom4u
14freedom4u

I need a list of all businesses that use SIUE employees. I don't want to spend my money with any affiliated SIUE union shop on my frequent buying trips to Market Street in St. Louis and the surrounding area including hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions. My only way to voice my opinion on the Gladney outrage is an economic boycott. You don't want my Tea Party money than fine, I'll make sure you don't get any of it.

Dmitry Novikov
Dmitry Novikov

So they admitted to beat him, but their defense was basically "this was OK since he was selling wrong staff". And they were acquitted? Sad day for the 1st amendment and the US justice. Say again, what is wrong with Assad's or Mubarak thugs beating anti-government demonstrators?

Guest
Guest

"And while Shriver saw the preponderance of the testimony as damaging for Gladney, right-wing blogger Jim Hoft painted an entirely different picture of yesterday's trial. He writes on his Gateway Pundit that the the SEIU union packed the courtroom with "thugs" aimed at further intimidating Gladney."

This is a non-sequitur.  It can be the case that both the testimony was damaging for Gladney and the SEIU was engaging in intimidation.

Guest
Guest

"The second witness, Sandra Himes, told jurors that she heard McGowan call Gladney the n-word, which seems a bit unusual seeing how both McCowan and Gladney are both black."

Why would that be unusual?  It wouldn't even be unusual for a friendly conversation.

PhilipJames
PhilipJames

I see that it is ok for union thugs to beat Tea Party people. Welcome to the crap that is now America.... evil and full of hatred. Thank God there is an election in 2012 to throw some of these Marxist socialist thugs out.

L Zimmer
L Zimmer

So, if I want to give away an item,then no beatdowns.  If, however I choose to sell the item then let the beatings begin, just because my point of view doesn't jibe with yours.  How progressive!!

Tbeebe6535
Tbeebe6535

There seems to be no controversy as to whaat happened, two 250 lb SIEU thurs beat up a 167 lb person with whom they agreed.  The controversy,  and the verdict, appears to center on whether it was justified, and the verdict says it was.  Apparently it is now justice to beat the crap out of anybody who disagrees with Carnahans henchmen.

jinx
jinx

Gladney is about to strike a mighty blow for Dipshit-Americans.

Guest
Guest

And yet no one mentions that the video in question only shows the fighting at the end of the event, not showing the begining or middle. Typical modern journalism.

KevinNYC
KevinNYC

Keep grasping at straws.  You're going to wait a long, long, long time to pop that popcorn. 

STL Activist Hub
STL Activist Hub

This is technically true, but I was at the trial and Hoft's claim was ludicrous BS.  The people in the photo were staring at a crazy tea partier taking photos of them.  Namely: Jim Hoft.  The judge, prosecutor, and court officials were walking through the hallway the whole time; the claim that anyone was "intimidating" the Gladney family is a joke.

Jimmy Meiners
Jimmy Meiners

Shriver writes for St. Louis Activist Hub. Jim Hoft writes for Gateway Pundit. I doubt they would agree on many things.

Justin
Justin

Typical remark from someone who is brainwashed by Hoft, Loesch, Breitbart, and their union-hating ilk.

STL Activist Hub
STL Activist Hub

Actually, there's no evidence that SEIU started the fight or that there was a "beating."  Please learn to think and evaluate for yourself rather than just believing what you are told!

STL Activist Hub
STL Activist Hub

Not true.  Gladney's statements on this have been inconsistent from the beginning and the prosecution had no good evidence suggesting that SEIU started the fight.

Ms Anonymous
Ms Anonymous

Also known as the Purple People Beaters.

Mika
Mika

So, Justin, you think it is acceptable to beat the snot out of someone because you don't like their views? And if one disagrees with your take they're just idiots who probably deserve a beatdown too? Does that mean you think turnabout is fair play too?

STL Activist Hub
STL Activist Hub

The problem, Mika, is that there's no evidence that SEIU started the fight or "beat the snot" out of Gladney.  You were told to believe this by Breitbart or others and are failing to use your critical thinking abilities.

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