Mark and Patricia McCloskey made headlines last year when they were caught on video pointing their guns at racial justice protesters who marched through their gated community in St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Missouri’s chief disciplinary counsel is asking the state’s Supreme Court to suspend their law licenses, KCUR reports.
Mark McCloskey, who is running for the U.S. Senate, pleaded guilty on June 17 to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was ordered to pay a fine of $750. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty on the same date to misdemeanor harassment and was ordered to pay a fine of $2,000.
[Chief disciplinary counsel Alan D. Pratzel] said both crimes showed “indifference to public safety” and involved “moral turpitude,” warranting discipline of the pair.
Pratzel cited a host of other Missouri cases in which lawyers were disciplined for crimes involving moral turpitude. He recommended that the Supreme Court indefinitely suspend the McCloskeys’ licenses with no leave to reapply for reinstatement for six months.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson pardoned both McCloskeys on July 30. But in his motion, Pratzel said that while a pardon erases a person’s conviction, “the person’s guilt remains.”
Mark McCloskey is currently seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Roy Blunt.