Petition created to urge McCloskeys be disbarred

The Missouri Supreme Court could issue an order regarding discipline

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July 02, 2020 - 4:36 pm

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- More than 38,000 people have digitally signed a petition calling for the disbarment of an attorney couple seen pointing guns at protesters in the Central West End.

"They need to be held accountable. Brandishing a weapon with intent is a criminal offense when you are not in direct danger," it says.

The petition claims Patricia McCloskey is involved with the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners. The Board released a statement refuting that.

"It has been reported in various social media outlets that Patricia McCloskey and/or her husband, Mark, are somehow connected to the Board of Election Commissioners. That is not correct. Neither Patricia McCloskey nor Mark McCloskey is a Commissioner, an employee or a volunteer at the Board of Election Commissioners.  Neither has any connection to the Election Board."

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The petition is directed at "Missouri Governor" and "Missouri State Senate," although neither branch of government handles private professional certifications.

The Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, however, is a part of the judicial branch and could look into this. Its mission is to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawyers. The Missouri Supreme Court could then issue an order regarding discipline.

The end of the petition's description also points people to the Missouri Bar Association, although that organization says it is not responsible for disclipining attorneys.

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