On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) announced that he pardoned Mark McCloskey, who had plead guilty in June to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750, and Patricia McCloskey, who plead guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000.
AP News reports that the couple had gained notoriety for waiving guns at social justice demonstrators that were marching past the couple’s home in St. Louis las year. The McCloskeys, both lawyers, reported feeling threatened by the protestors and that they were trespassing on a private street. Mr. McCloskey had emerged from his home in St. Louis with an AR-15-style rifle. Mrs. McCloskey had been waving a semiautomatic pistol, all of which had been videotaped with a cellphone.
The confrontation gained widespread attention, despite no shots being fired and no injuries being reported. Further investigation proved the protestors to be peaceful. “There was no evidence that any of them had a weapon and no one I interviewed realized they had ventured onto a private enclave,” Special prosecutor Richard Callahan said in a news release.
Many Republican leaders, including former President Donald Trump, spoke out in defense of the McCloskeys. Mark McCloskey has indicated intentions of running for a U.S. Senate seat in Missouri, and since their charges were misdemeanors, neither of the McCloskeys face losing their law licenses or rights to firearms.
The McCloskeys have since celebrated the pardon, according to the Slate. “They’re thrilled,” the couple’s attorney Joel Schwartz said. “As Mark McCloskey has stated, if he faced the same situation again, he would conduct himself in the same manner, and he feels he’s been vindicated by the governor’s pardon.”
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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