Feb 8, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Court places McCloskeys' law licenses on probation

Armed homeowners Mark T. and Patricia N. McCloskey stand in front their house as they confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house on June 28, 2020.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey stand outside their house as they confront protesters in St. Louis in June 2020. Photo: Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Two white attorneys who made global headlines in 2020 when they pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Louis were disciplined by the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Driving the news: Mark McCloskey, a Republican candidate for Missouri's Senate seat, and his wife, Patricia McCloskey, had their law licenses suspended by the court, but this was stayed on the condition they do a year's probation.

Flashback: The personal injury attorneys pleaded guilty last year to one count of fourth-degree assault after pointing guns at anti-racism protesters outside their St. Louis mansion in July 2020, but they were later pardoned by Missouri's governor.

What they're saying: Mark McCloskey told AP he was disappointed with the court's decision but would comply with the order.

  • "I think the reason why we were asked to be suspended had more to do with politics than anything else," he said.
  • "But we respect the Supreme Court’s opinion, although we disagree."
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