and Perry Molens
face misdemeanor charges for allegedly assaulting a political button-seller last year; the defendants have pulled out the big guns by retaining St. Louis criminal defense attorney Paul D'Agrosa
St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington
is pursuing the charges in municipal court; tonight is the first appearance, at a courtroom in south county. D'Agrosa will enter not-guilty pleas
for McCowan and Molens.
The men, both representatives for SEIU
, are accused
of assaulting Kenneth Gladney
at a heated town hall event hosted by Rep. Russ Carnahan
last summer. The St. Louis Tea Party
subsequently mounted a public defense of Gladney, who was handing out Gadsden flags at the health-care event.
D'Agrosa says he will demand a jury trial
for his clients.
Also on the south-county docket tonight: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
reporter Jake Wagman
Wagman was covering the town hall forum for the local daily when police asked him to leave. Redington, the county counselor, charged him with one count of interfering with law enforcement.
Media lawyer Joe Martineau
is representing Wagman in the case. The Society of Professional Journalists, meanwhile, has called
for the charges against Wagman to be dropped.