A Missouri official has asked the state Supreme Court to suspend the legal licenses of the indicted and pardoned St. Louis couple after pointing guns at a crowd of protesters outside their home last year.
In a case filed Monday, Missouri Chief Disciplinary Advisor Alan Pratzel asked the state’s highest court to reprimand Mark and Patricia McCloskey for the June 2020 incident, in which the couple brandished weapons against a group of demonstrators who entered their gated community to protest the neighboring house. from former St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. Although no shots were fired and no one was injured, footage of the encounter circulated widely and garnered national attention, leading to accusations against the McCloskeys.
While they were finally pardoned by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson in June, Mark McCloskey previously pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and was fined $ 750, while his wife Patricia had pleaded guilty to an offense of harassment and had been ordered to pay a fine of $ 2,000.
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Calling for an indefinite suspension with no possibility of seeking his reinstatement for at least six months, Pratzel argued that the McCloskeys’ actions showed “Indifference to public safety” and demonstrated “Moral turpitude”, adding that although a pardon can overturn a conviction, “The guilt of the person remains”. He also cited previous cases in which lawyers have been penalized for similar acts involving “Moral turpitude”.
It is so far unclear how the state Supreme Court will respond to the request, which emanates from the state’s main legal ethics watchdog.
The McCloskeys case came at the height of nationwide protests of police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd in May 2020 and was highly polarizing, with critics insisting the couple harassed peaceful racial justice protesters, while that the supporters argued that they were simply exercising their second Modification Rights over their own property.
Despite pleading guilty, the couple remained without apologizing in the public comments, with Mark – who has since launched a campaign in the US Senate – even saying he would “do it again.”
“Whenever the crowd approaches me, I will do what I can to put them in imminent danger of physical injury, because that is what kept them from destroying my home and my family.” he said.
Mark and Patricia were both called to the Missouri Bar in 1986, according to local media. They practice together at the McCloskey Law Center in St. Louis, and reportedly focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
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