A lawyer representing a 17-year-old accused of shooting three people during a demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, resigned his post with a defense fund that raised more than $ 700,000 to defend his client and conservative causes.
Lawyer John Pierce defends Kyle Rittenhouse against charges of intentional homicide for killing two people to death and injuring a third during a night of unrest last month following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who remained paralyzed from waist to toe.
Pierce said he resigned from the #FightBack Foundation fund, which has raised funds to defend Rittenhouse, in order to avoid any “appearance of conflict”. USA Today reported. Pierce and his company, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht, have been charged with defaulting on millions of dollars owed to investors, court documents show.
Pierce admitted in court documents from New York earlier this year that he did not pay Karish Kapital $ 4 million for the cash advances he made to Pierce’s company, which also has a payment very significant $ 65 million looming for another investor, the newspaper reported.
Pierce and Lin Wood, another lawyer who has taken on high-profile Tory cases, launched the fund in early August. The fund is described as a way “to take legal action to verify the lies of the left”.
Pierce argued that Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense when he shot the three people on August 25 during a third night of protests over Blake’s shooting two days earlier, which was captured on video cell phone and posted online.
The Rittenhouse affair has become a political flashpoint. During his Tuesday visit to Kenosha, President Donald Trump gave a story at odds with that given by prosecutors, insinuating falsely that the teenager only shot the men after tripping and they attacked him.
Wood, who now controls the foundation, said Pierce would be reimbursed for his work defending Rittenhouse.