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The US Supreme Court has refused to hear a case by Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who hoped the High Court could overturn an earlier ruling that placed their law licenses on probation after pointing guns at protesters outside their home in Saint Louis in 2020.
“I was a bit disappointed because I thought the concept of a lawyer being disciplined for only defending themselves and exercising their Second Amendment rights would be an issue that the Supreme Court might find important,” said Mark McCloskey after the decision. was announced on Monday.
The Missouri Supreme Court originally suspended the McCloskeys’ law licenses in February 2022, after the couple pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges. The pair were later fined and the state Supreme Court delayed the suspension and placed both licenses on probation for a year.
Mark and Patricia are still licensed to practice law in the state, but a probation violation would trigger the suspension.
MCCLOSKEYS PLACED ON PROBATION AS ATTORNEYS BY MISSOURI SUPREME COURT
The couple must also provide 100 hours of free legal services, according to the state Supreme Court ruling.
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The McCloskeys made headlines during the 2020 race riots when they said they felt threatened by protesters outside their Missouri home. In June of that year, Mark and Patricia both brandished weapons at protesters during the incident.
Mark McCloskey held an AR-15 type rifle while his wife held a semi-automatic pistol.
No shots were fired in the incident, but the case was brought to national attention as some people supported the freedom of protesters to demonstrate under the First Amendment, while others supported the McCloskeys arming themselves under the Second Amendment.
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Former President Donald Trump and other top conservatives have expressed support for the McCloskeys.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.