No Justice: Gladney Attackers Found Not Guilty


Hours ago a a St. Louis county jury found Elston McCowan and Perry Molens not guilty in the videotaped beating of Kenneth Gladney.

Elston McCowan, of St. Louis, and Perry Molens, of De Soto, had been charged with attacking a third man who was selling buttons outside the politically charged meeting, called by U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, at the height of debate over health care reform. Carnahan had wanted aging to be the subject, but many in the crowd wanted to argue over the president’s health care plan.

Kenneth Gladney said he was selling “Don’t Tread on Me” buttons and flags outside the forum when McCowan and Molens attacked him without provocation.

The two were charged with assaulting a person and interfering with police, both ordinance violations. The interfering with police charges were dropped and the trial was for assault charge, for which they could have each faced up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

In the above excerpt, the Post-Dispatch did not bother seeking quotes from Gladney or other witnesses, only Perry, Molens, and the defense attorney, a pricey private attorney I’m told is the best in the city.

Media Matters, who is partially funded by SEIU and who defended SEIU throughout the two years it took for Gladney to get a trial date, began spinning hard for SEIU once the verdict was reached.


Meanwhile, more on this story:

I Am Kenneth Gladney

Elston McCowan applies for worker’s comp, says he was injured on the job during Gladney beating

Nearly 2 Years After Beating-Kenneth Gladney Case Goes to Trial Today

Gladney Attackers Laughably Please “Not Guilty”

D’Agrosa Plans To Go With Richard Gere Defense In Gladney Trial

Buttons Sold By Kenneth Gladney Could Be Key To Disproving Elston McCowan

More On Perry Mullens, The Second SEIU Attacker


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