- The McCloskeys pleaded guilty to misdemeanor but were later pardoned.
- Both lawyers, the couple also faced discipline related to their law license.
- The Supreme Court of Missouri placed him on probation, with his law licenses hanging in the balance.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from a St. Louis couple who potentially face an indefinite suspension of their law licenses after they wield guns in a 2020 racial justice protest outside their home .
Mark McCloskey, a personal injury attorney and Republican candidate for the Senate in Missouri, and his wife Patricia McCloskey drew national attention for walking on their front yard with guns during a protest against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The protesters were on their way to the St. Louis Mayor’s home at the time.
Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge and Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge. Missouri Gov. Michael Parson pardoned McCloskey in 2021, but the state office responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct by attorneys sought to suspend his law license.
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In February, Missouri’s Supreme Court agreed to suspend the licenses indefinitely, but stayed the suspension and placed both attorneys on probation for a year. The terms of the probation included that the McCloskeys provided quarterly reports to the probation monitor — including whether he had been charged with additional offenses — and provided 100 hours of free legal services.
In his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, McCloskey argues that the state court’s decision violated his Second Amendment rights and his right to due process because he “assaults the legitimate right to bear arms in defense of his person, family, and home.” were using.”
Mark McCloskey is among several Republican candidates running to fill the retiring seat of Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican.