Shortly after a grand jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, found Rittenhouse not guilty, his defense team filed a petition asking the Illinois teenager to receive bail money donated on his behalf. But a nonprofit led by controversial defamation attorney and conspiracy theorist QAnon Lin Wood also filed an application to seek the amount.
“There’s going to be a fight over that,” Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards said after the ruling.
The initial amount raised after Rittenhouse’s bail was set at a staggering $2 million in November 2020, following a judgment from a court official that Rittenhouse and potential backers’ probable verdict means he could become a risk in flight. Conservative celebrities like Wood took action to raise enough money to get Rittenhouse out of prison ahead of his trial.
The bail dispute now focuses on who deserves the money Rittenhouse is giving free. The FightBack Foundation, run by Wood, claims it deserves the bail as it has raised most of the money, including in the form of a $150,000 loan from the ex. Silver spoon child star Ricky Schroder. Wood claims that he personally secured the loan, which means he would be willing to pay it back if it turns out to be true.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Wood argued that his fund is rightly in debt. Wood further claimed that his team spent $700,000 on attorneys’ fees and other expenses for Rittenhouse, in addition to a $2 million bail.
The bail money must be returned to FightBack in full, he said.
In his first post-judgment interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that aired Monday night, Rittenhouse tore apart both Pierce and Wood, alleging that he had been “used by both men.”
According to Rittenhouse, Pierce convinced him it was “not a good idea” to go home immediately and told the teenager he would be “safer in prison” than with his family. Additionally, he said both Wood and Pierce were merely “trying to raise money so they could take it for their own benefit” rather than setting him free.
The 18-year-old also asserted that he could have been released around mid-September but his then-attorneys intentionally wanted to lock him up until November 20 to continue bringing in money from sponsors.
In addition to criticizing Trump’s pro-Trump lawyers for seeking to profit from his name, Rittenhouse also blamed Pierce for making a “flagrantly false” claim that he joined a “force.” disorganized militia”. Emphasizing that he didn’t even know what a militia was until he was bailed, Rittenhouse said he later realized that it was Pierce who had “drawn the story”.
Pierce continues to be tasked by his former client as there appear to be no leads as to Rittenhouse being extradited from an Illinois juvenile facility to the Kenosha Municipal Jail in late October. “I have always wanted to be extradited, and I have no problem with that. But he forgot to apply for the residency and he didn’t even know I was going,” Rittenhouse told Carlson. “So my lawyer didn’t know I was going to jail, which was pretty bad because he should have known.”
Wood responded to claims made during Carlson’s second gold show by telling The Daily Beast that “someone gave Kyle false information, for whatever reason.”
Pierce did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Rittenhouse interview.
Prior to his interview with Rittenhouse, Wood claimed his team had made huge sums of money to keep the teenager from being jailed.
“In addition to offering a $2 million bail, FightBack paid approximately $700,000 in attorneys’ fees and litigation costs, including spending money to produce the videotape that was essentially a start-up. beginning to end what happened,” Wood said on a call Monday. afternoon.
The total bail, which also included $500,000 contributed by Wendy Rittenhouse, Rittenhouse’s mother, was brought to court by then-attorney John Pierce of Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse fired Pierce from his legal team in February, but Pierce kept the bail receipt, meaning it would likely go directly to him.
Pierce has have to deal with a lot of my own debt, and was recently reported as the go-to attorney for the January 6 riot defendants, who disappeared in a short time under mysterious circumstances. But Pierce claims he doesn’t want a piece of Rittenhouse’s money. 8 court filing, Pierce asked the federal court in Texas to decide who gets the money before he uses the receipt to take it out of the Wisconsin courthouse. In his proposal, Pierce wrote that he was concerned that he could face lawsuits from one of the hostile parties if he pulls out before the legal dispute is resolved.
“I have no opinion on who gets the bail money back,” Pierce told The Daily Beast in an email.
But Wood remains steadfast in what he says is Pierce’s entanglement with truth.
“John Pierce told us we had to deliver the money directly or we could deposit it into his escrow account, and he would give [the court] Wood told The Daily Beast. “We then discovered that, months later, John Pierce, upon filing the bond, said it was supposed to be returned to him, at his home address. And then we asked Pierce to set us free, because it wasn’t right. ”
Richards repeatedly accused Pierce and Wood of handling the case after the verdict. In a Friday interview on CNN, Richards said Pierce and Wood are “trying to torture this kid to make money for their own ends.”
“They raised tons of money for him,” said Richards.
Richards added that Wood was an “idiot”, and predicted that Wood would sue him for the criticism. The comment actually prompted Wood to send Richards an email threatening to sue him unless the attorney retracted his claim that Wood was an idiot. So far, Richards has not backed down from the insult.
“There’s no going back to what I said because it’s the truth,” Richards asserted in an interview with CNN Monday night.
Wood, once a prominent libel lawyer, has recently embraced conspiracy theories like QAnon. At the end of December, Mr claims without proof that Chief Justice John Roberts was involved in a murderous pedophile gang.
Along with the bail case, Wood is facing a host of other legal issues, including a labor disqualification case in Georgia and allegations of fraud. a lawsuit rammed Wood against his former partners in a battle for settlement money representing Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann. In August, a federal judge in Michigan referred Wood and other lawyers involved in a failed 2020 election lawsuit for potential disciplinary action from their state ombudsmen. .
In March, a company affiliated with Wood was sued by a contractor for work performed on a South Carolina plantation that Wood owns. The contractor alleges that Wood’s company never paid the bills for the construction work on the plantation, known as “Tomotley”.
“We followed the law,” Wood said. “Others may want to make money from Kyle, [but] not FightBack. ”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/kyle-rittenhouse-rips-lawyers-lin-wood-and-john-pierce-as-they-feud-over-his-dollar2m-bail?source=articles&via=rss Kyle Rittenhouse slashes attorneys Lin Wood and John Pierce as they protest his $2 million bail