(Headline USA) The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal from Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the Missouri-based attorneys whose law licenses were placed on probation after they brandished their firearms at leftist rioters threatening their home.
In February, the Missouri Supreme Court indefinitely suspended the McCloskeys’ law licenses, but stayed the suspension on the condition that they serve a year’s probation and provide 100 hours of free legal service.
McCloskey said he was “disappointed” that the Supreme Court didn’t agree with the importance of his appeal, but acknowledged that the high court can only take up so many cases a year.
“I was a little disappointed because I thought that the concept of a lawyer being sanctioned for doing no more than just defending himself and exercising his Second Amendment rights would be an issue that the Supreme Court might find significant,” Mark McCloskey, who is running for the U.S. Senate, said.
Missouri’s leftist officials decided to go after the McCloskeys’ law licenses only after it became clear that they would not be able to convict them of a crime for their actions in 2020.
The Missouri Chief Disciplinary Counsel Alan Pratzel argued their behavior in 2020 warranted discipline because they displayed “indifference to public safety” and “moral turpitude.”
Pratzel cited comments made by Mark McCloskey, in which he said he was unapologetic for what happened in 2020.
“The prosecutor dropped every charge except for alleging that I purposely placed other people in imminent risk of physical injury; right, and I sure as heck did,” McCloskey said.
“That’s what the guns were there for and I’d do it again any time the mob approaches me,” he said.
“I’ll do what I can to place them in imminent threat of physical injury because that’s what kept them from destroying my house and my family.”