Missouri Court Issues McCloskeys Law License on Probation

Married Missouri attorneys who opened fire when a mob of Black Lives Matter protesters entered their gated neighborhood have had their license to practice law on year-long probation.

Mark McCloskey (R) and his wife Patricia McCloskey appeared in the headlines in June 2020 as they stood at their doorstep, both armed and waving weapon when racial justice protesters walked past their homes on the street protesting at the mayor of St. Louis Lyda Krewson (D), who lives in the same controlled community as the McCloskeys.

The video went viral and the McCloskeys, both attorneys, were later charged with two felony counts: one count of unauthorized use of a weapon and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Surname pleaded guilty in July – Mark was assaulted in the 4th degree and Patricia was harassed in the 2nd degree, both misdemeanors. Republican Governor Mike Parson (R) pardon both of them in August.

In September, the Missouri Supreme Court Disciplinary Officer speak that the pardon has “no effect” on any possible professional consequences, which will be treated as a separate matter.

However, those consequences seem to be minimal.

In an order issued Tuesday, Chief Justice Missouri Paul Wilson said that Patricia and Mark “committed a misdemeanor involving lack of morality.” Under Missouri law, that may have suffered McCloskeys to legal discipline.

Wilson said the court considered the McCloskeys’ plea, previous court decisions, American Bar Association standards, and “aggravating and mitigating circumstances” before deciding to suspend McCloskeys license only “indefinitely”.

But Wilson simultaneously upheld that suspension and placed the McCloskeys on a year of probation.

The McCloskeys’ terms of probation require each person to submit a quarterly report to their designated probation supervisor “regarding the status of [the McCloskeys’] practice of law and the extent and nature of [the McCloskeys’] comply with the conditions of the probationary period. ”

Status reports must include the disclosure of any legal filings against them, details of any disputes with customers, and a written statement of whether they are in compliance with the applicable rules. probation and all probationary conditions for that quarter.

The McCloskeys are also required to provide 100 hours of free legal services to a state-approved legal aid organization.

Under the probation order, the McCloskeys will be allowed to apply for an order where they have completed their probation.

Since being brought into the national spotlight, the McCloskeys have become associated with right-wing politics. Mark has launch a campaign for the United States Senate as one “Lifetime Republican Party“And have to swear that when he swung his gun at protesters, who were unarmed, he would “do the same thing again.”

When Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted in November of murder charge in the 2020 gun homicide, McCloskeys cheer him up.

Earlier this month, Mark authentication a proposed state law known to opponents as the “Homicide Legitimacy Act.” The law would make it easier for someone to prove they acted in self-defense using deadly force – as long as the police were not the target of an attempt to defend themselves.

You can read orders for Mark McCloskey here and for Patricia McCloskey here.

[Image via screengrab/KMOV-TV.]

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