Draig Hodge made an "Alford Plea" to Domestic Assault, 3rd, related to a traffic accident on South Main Street in St. Charles. This means he denies guilt for the crime but recognized that the State might convict him. Draig was prepared to go to Trial but surrendered after Judge Nancy Schneider ruled that he was prohibited from showing the Jury evidence that would demonstrate his innocence. The Assistant Prosecutor, Gwendolyn Goeke, with the approval of Tim Lohmar, the Prosecutor, said that if Mr. Hodge showed the Jury documented proof the alleged victim had a habit of throwing himself in front of moving motor vehicles it would be "an attack on the character" of the accuser. One wonders why our government believes that the character of any person is irrelevant in a criminal prosecution. When elected, Draig intends to restore a Defendant's Right to Trial with whatever defense the Defendant deems appropriate.
Draig Hodge was pronounced “Guilty” of running a red light in the City of St. Louis in 2013 and refuses to pay the $100.00 fine. Despite the Missouri Supreme Court's ruling, the City of St. Louis persists in its efforts to collect the fine. Draig has other traffic violations largely related to Law-for-Profit schemes in various jurisdictions.
Draig Hodge agreed to pay $1,780 to the Missouri Ethics Commission for failing to file a 1998 election report which repeated all the information stated on the previously filed form. Someone misreported this as a civil penalty assessed by the Missouri EthNic Commission and, despite receiving a signed letter from the State stating that Missouri never had an "Ethnic Commission", he still receives harassment and false accusations.
Draig Hodge probably committed other misdemeanors but recalls few details...if the mudslinging gets down to this level then maybe the people throwing the dirt really have little to offer.
Draig Hodge along with several other Libertarians was a Defendant in a 1998 lawsuit filed by Martin Lindstedt (160 F.3d 1197) after the Missouri Libertarian Party declined to accept him as a candidate and removed him from all official positions in the State Party. Lindstedt's published views were at odds with what Libertarians believe and advocate. A Federal Judge concluded that Libertarians were one of several options open to would-be candidates so Lindstedt had ballot access subject to the same laws as any other Missourian. Strangely, Lindstedt attempted to file as a Democrat, Libertarian AND Republican with the Missouri Secretary of State for the 2016 election.