McCloskeys Facing Suspension of Law Licenses

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters, may have their licenses to practice law revoked.

The couple, who practice law together in Missouri specializing in personal injury, pleaded guilty in June to firearms charges, but were pardoned by then-Governor of Missouri Mike Parson in July.

The charges were misdemeanors, so the McCloskeys did not automatically lose their licenses nor the right to own firearms. Mark McCloskey was unapologetic and said he would do it all again.

Missouri Chief Disciplinary Counsel Alan Pratzel’s office is responsible for investigating ethical complaints against Missouri lawyers, and asked the State Supreme Court to suspend the law licenses of the McCloskeys.

Pratzel said the McCloskeys’ crimes had shown “indifference to public safety” and involved “moral turpitude” warranting discipline, as he recommended the state Supreme Court indefinitely suspend their licenses. The court motion also stated that while a pardon removes a conviction, the “guilt remains.”

The publicity of the case earned them an appearance at the Republican National Convention last summer, and the praise of Donald Trump and other wingnut “lawyers.”


USA Today