Mark McCloskey, a personal injury lawyer in St. Louis and a Republican candidate for the US Senate seat released by retired Senator Roy Blunt, faces suspension of his lawyer’s license after pleading guilty earlier this year for minor assault.

The case was filed Thursday by the State’s Office of the Chief Disciplinary Board with the Missouri Supreme Court. Chief Disciplinary Advisor Alan Pratzel, responsible for lawyer discipline in Missouri, wrote that McCloskey and his wife Patricia McCloskey, also a lawyer and facing a similar suspension case, “admitted to committing an indictable offense that shows indifference to public safety and implied moral turpitude. “


The two McCloskeys were convicted in June of a fourth degree assault related to the couple waving weapons on racial justice protesters last summer. No shots were fired as protesters walked past the McCloskey house to demonstrate at the home of a former St. Louis mayor. Missouri Governor Mike Parson pardoned the couple on July 30.

The suspension of McCloskey’s law license would last for up to six months, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Pratzel cited previous disciplinary cases in which the court took action against lawyers for impaired driving, assault and theft of misdemeanor.

“When (McCloskey) pleaded guilty, he admitted to the willful criminal conduct of placing others in apprehension of physical harm by waving his automatic rifle in their direction,” Pratzel wrote to the Supreme Court of State.

“Finally, by pleading guilty, (McCloskey) admitted that his intentional conduct was not justified,” the demand continues.

Pratzel wrote in his motion that McCloskey “has admitted his guilt in court and remains guilty” despite the governor’s pardon.

McCloskey told members of the media he would commit the same crime under similar circumstances, the motion notes, which Pratzel says should be a factor in the decision.

“The respondent’s public statements escalate because they indicate his refusal to admit wrongdoing and demonstrate his lack of respect for the legal process in which he recently participated,” Pratzel wrote in the motion.

The McCloskeys have filed a lawsuit to recover the two guns they turned over to authorities along with the fines they paid the state after pleading guilty after being pardoned.

Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty on June 17 and was ordered to pay a fine of $ 750. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty the same day to stalking and was ordered to pay $ 2,000, by NPR.

Pratzel recommended that the Supreme Court indefinitely suspend the McCloskey’s licenses without leave to reapply for reinstatement after six months.

The two McCloskeys were called to the Missouri Bar in 1986. The couple practice together as the McCloskey Law Center in St. Louis and focus on personal injury, medical malpractice and defective product cases.

Even after pleading guilty to the prosecution, Mark McCloskey did not apologize. As Pratzel noted in his petition, McCloskey said publicly: “The prosecutor dropped all charges except for alleging that I had willfully placed others in imminent danger of physical injury; that’s true, and I’m sure it was. I would do it again whenever the crowd approaches me, I will do what I can to put them in imminent danger of physical injury because that is what kept them from destroying my home and my family. “

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