Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) reacts to Missouri Republican Governor Mike Parson's decision to pardon Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters who were walking by their home.
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After pleading guilty to two charges Thursday afternoon, Mark and Patricia McCloskey told reporters it was a victory and they would do it all again.
With the alternative charge added, if the jury chooses to convict, they can only convict McCloskey on the unlawful use of a weapon charge (a felony), or the harassment charge (a misdemeanor). She cannot be convicted for both.
A special prosecutor has been assigned to the McCloskey case.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has been dismissed as the prosecutor in the case against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, according to court records.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey remain in contact with President Trump, their attorney said Wednesday.
"To them, it feels like persecution,” said Joel Schwartz, their defense attorney. Schwartz has long-maintained the McCloskeys’ innocence.
A grand jury has indicted Mark and Patricia McCloskey Tuesday on charges of exhibiting guns at protesters in a June incident in their neighborhood.
Saying it would require only a "room temperature I.Q." to understand why he was in possession of Patricia McCloskey's handgun, attorney Al Watkins lashed back at a prosecutor who called him a "slimeball" in leaked messages.
In a voicemail to St. Louis Police Sgt. Detective Curtis Burgdorf, Assistant Circuit Attorney and Chief Warrant Officer Chris Hinckley, makes it clear, he's frustrated.