Two years ago, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both St. Louis-based attorneys, stirred up a white-hot controversy after they stood guard outside of their large home during the summer of 2020, when groups such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) were protesting, rioting, looting, and generally destroying sections of major cities.
The couple was charged for displaying the firearms and after a very publican and lengthy legal battle, pleaded guilty to misdemeanors. Eventually, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) granted a full pardon for the couple, which triggered the state office responsible for administering law licenses to suspend the McCloskeys from practicing the profession.
The couple, facing an indefinite suspension of their law licenses, appealed to the Supreme Court, the Washington Examiner reported. Unfortunately for Mark and Patricia, they seem to be out of luck, as SCOTUS just denied their emergency appeal.
NEW: The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020. https://t.co/q0tFtt18Ih
— Axios (@axios) June 6, 2022
The Examiner noted: “Missouri’s Supreme Court decided to suspend their licenses indefinitely in February but stayed the suspensions and put the lawyers on probation for one year with conditions including quarterly reports to a probation monitor in addition to 100 hours of free legal services.”
The couple would argue to the Supreme Court that the state’s Supreme Court violated their Second Amendment and due process rights, but unfortunately for them, the arguments were clearly not compelling enough for the high court to take the case.
Notably, Mark McCloskey is a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, aiming to fill a soon-to-be vacant seat left by the retiring Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).
McCloskey drew scrutiny over the weekend by using the famous picture of he and his wife brandishing firearms at the social justice protesters in a political ad for his Senate campaign.
Well-armed women like my wife Patty keep families safe! Share if you agree! pic.twitter.com/K4iNVILcNp
— Mark McCloskey (@mccloskeyusa) June 3, 2022