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Law license suspension possible for gun-waving US Senate candidate Mark McCloskey

Jack Suntrup and Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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“Finally, by pleading guilty, (McCloskey) admitted that his purposeful conduct was not justified,” the request to the Supreme Court notes.

In the aftermath of the incident, McCloskey launched a bid for Missouri’s U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Roy Blunt.

At the Missouri State Fair in August, following his pardon, he shook hands with the governor and thanked him for the action.

But, as Pratzel wrote in his motion to the court, “He admitted guilt in court and remains guilty.”

The motion for suspension also notes that McCloskey told members of the news media that he would commit the same crime under the same circumstances.

That, said Pratzel, should be factored in by the seven-member court.


“Respondent’s public statements aggravate because they indicate his refusal to acknowledge wrongdoing and demonstrate his lack of respect for the judicial process that he had recently participated in,” the motion says.

McCloskey is among five well-known GOP candidates running for Senate.

The others include Attorney General Eric Schmitt, former Gov. Eric Greitens and U.S. Reps. Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long.

On the Democratic side, former state Sen. Scott Sifton, Marine veteran Lucas Kunce, Air Force veteran Jewel Kelly, entrepreneur Spencer Toder and activist Timothy Shepard are competing for their party’s nomination.


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