SEIU DRAGGED IN BOGUS WITNESS TO SMEAR GLADNEY!
After a health care town hall meeting in August 2009 St. Louis native Kenneth Gladney was beaten, kicked and called racist names by Rep. Russ Carnahan’s SEIU supporters. Gladney spent the night in the hospital after the beating.
On Tuesday, the two SEIU goons who beat Gladney were found not guilty of any wrongdoing.
I wrote about the SEIU’s “surprise witness” from left field. This surprise witness, who is also an SEIU activist, testified on Tuesday that she witnessed Kenneth Gladney “starting the fight” with two SEIU goons who were twice his size.
The SEIU “witness” was not at the scene. She came walking up with a cane after the fight was already broken up.
24th State wrote more about the surprise SEIU witness.
Yesterday’s trial resulting in a not guilty verdict for Elston McCowan and Perry Molens hinged on the testimony of witnesses. Setting aside all of the peripheral evidence, the case came down to two witnesses for the prosecution stating they saw McCowan and Molens attack Gladney, versus a witness for the defense who made the claim that Kenneth started the “fight” by slapping the hand of Elston McCowan.
It was up to the jury to determine which witness testimony was most reliable. The $10,000 defense strategy was not to claim Elston was assaulted and did nothing. It was to claim Elston and Perry acted in self-defense. Note this is in direct conflict with the statements Elston has made for two years of being attacked and not fighting back.
It was their legal right to change the story for the trial, but bringing in a new witness is a different matter. As we pointed out years ago, there were no other witnesses to the beginning of the assault.
You can see her just coming into view nearly 12 seconds after the attack occurred. And the video does not show the start of the fight that began several seconds before the cameras started rolling. She must have been over 50 yards from the fight when it started – at night in the dark. She was not a witness. She was an SEIU activist from the city. She lied.
24th State has more on the “witness.”
Of course, it is not surprising that these goons would pull a stunt like this. It’s just unfortunate that Gladney had such poor representation and allowed the testimony to stand.