Grand Jury Indicts McCloskeys on Felony Charges

The McCloskeys were back in the news this week after a grand jury indicted the couple on felony charges.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey now face charges for unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence.  

Details about how the grand jury landed on those charges remains unclear as the indictments were filed under seal Tuesday.

“I’ll certainly be interested in what was presented to the grand jury,” said Joel Schwartz, an attorney representing the McCloskeys.  Schwartz added that he plans to request a transcript of the proceedings since he wasn’t allowed to be present.

Mark McCloskey slammed the City Counselor’s Office for not pursuing charges against the trespassers and vandals (an iron gate was destroyed) who appeared outside the couple’s home in July.  

“The government chooses to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our right to defend ourselves, our home, our property and our family and now we’re getting drug here time after time after time and for what?” said McCloskey. 

“We didn’t fire a shot,” he continued. “People were violently protesting in front of our house and screaming death threats and threats of rape and threats of arson. Nobody gets charged but we get charged.”

City Counselor Michael Garvin had summoned nine people in connection to the protest for trespassing.  However, on Sept. 29, Gavin announced that he would not pursue charges against those individuals. 

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Whether the charges stick in the short term is immaterial as the McCloskeys have the support of both Missouri Attorney General Eric, who has filed a motion to dismiss the case, and Gov. Mike Parson, who has vowed to pardon the couple if they are convicted.  

Still, many view it as a matter of principle.  Supporters believe the McCloskeys acted within the purview of state law and the Constitution when they confronted trespassers with an AR-15 and a non-operating pistol outside their home in St. Louis last July. 

One additional wrinkle to the state’s case is that according to Al Watkins, another attorney representing the duo, prosecutors allegedly fixed the handgun held by Patricia McCloskey so that it could fire off a round. 

Why prosecutors would tamper with evidence is unclear.  But Watkins was miffed. 

“This is b——t,” Watkins told Fox News. “Hate to say it, but the state has a lot of problems with this one. And they transcend not just the evidence, but they actually are remarkably problematic from the standpoint of prosecutorial misconduct.”

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  • Phil June 10, 2022, 10:21 am

    So SCOTUS judge can have armed security at his house in front with no issue and these folks can’t? There were demonstrators at both and probably a more potentially violent crowd in St. Louis.

  • David Shaw January 28, 2022, 7:49 am

    Governor cannot pardon a federal crime

    • oldfuzz695 January 28, 2022, 11:27 am

      So far, this is a state charge. Where are the Fed. charges? Biden and Camela will cut slack to the trespassers for sure.

  • IPDAILY October 12, 2020, 12:51 pm

    The fact that the state would bring charges against this couple should be a warning for all who cherish personal & private property. If the state is successful in their prosecution of these individuals the end is near.
    The socialists win, and individualism and private property is only a gesture of our past.

  • Chris October 12, 2020, 11:16 am

    Why would the McCloskeys disable one of their firearms making it inoperable and not both?

    There is no logical reason for them to do it to one and not the other or any reason why they would think disabling their pistol would help them as they were excercising their due rights to protect their property. Therefore it is only logical that the pistol that Mrs. McCloskey had in her hand on the day of the incident was inoperable at that time and there was no tampering with it before being confiscated by authorities.

    • OngoingFreedom October 12, 2020, 1:07 pm

      From earlier reports the McCloskeys had used the weapon as a prop in one of the trials they were involved in as lawyers and had it rendered unusable to make it satisfactory to do so. Afterwards, apparently, they preferred to keep it as a paperweight.

  • DELCO October 12, 2020, 6:39 am

    RIDING THE DRAGON DOCUMENTARY. If have not seen it , then you should inform yourself and pass it on . TRUMP 2020

  • DELCI October 12, 2020, 6:38 am

    The governor already made it clear that he will be giving them a Full Pardon. So for this soros bought DA to continue with these BS charges is strictly for the appeasement of her BLM Anti American base. It is the most important election in our history. If trump does not get another 4 years the damage done by Harris/Biden/ AOC/ Pelosi will be to such proportions that future generations will never know what a constitutional United States ever was. Vote Trump 2020 or this can be you.

    • deanbob October 12, 2020, 8:28 am

      Her gun is evidence. Tampering with evidence is a crime, isn’t it? The way the gun was tampered with might make it a federal issue. What does AG Barr have to say? Can we make an example of this Soros hired city attorney who selectively (and probably incorrectly) enforces the law, like so many of the other George Soros financed DA’s?

  • FirstStateMark October 9, 2020, 9:41 pm

    They will be found innocent.

  • John Boutwell October 9, 2020, 10:43 am

    These charges are because because much of STL government is black or liberal and back blm BS.

  • Michael October 9, 2020, 8:20 am

    If the In-Justice System can do this to a well-to-do Legal Professional protecting his family on his own property.
    ….Is Anyone SAFE in America anymore?

    • ray October 9, 2020, 1:38 pm


    • glock19fan October 9, 2020, 4:41 pm

      Decades ago the editor/publisher – whom I didn’t always agree with – wrote in one of his Sunday columns that “If it can be done to anyone then it can be done to Everyone.” Nobody is safe. That twit in St. Louis needs to be prosecuted because she is breaking established law and SHE is the one who had an inoperable pistol tampered with in order to fabricate evidence of another crime. That twit is the criminal here.

    • deanbob October 9, 2020, 5:17 pm

      It remains to be seen how their day in court will end up. I’d imagine they have a case for prosecutorial misconduct at the very least and possibly wrongful prosecution as there is the “Stand Your Ground” law.
      How is it that none of those who broken in (the least of their crimes) were prosecuted? A case here for the DOJ? Of course it seems the DOJ as been asleep at the wheel since April of 2019 – when they started investigating Obamagate (despite the mountains of evidence).

  • Anthony October 9, 2020, 8:11 am

    That Patricia looks like a big scary women, ready for a gun fight and bare foot as well.

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