A lawyer representing a 17-year-old man accused of shooting dead three people during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has resigned with a defense fund of more than $ 700,000 to protect his client and conservative cause.
Attorney John Pierce is defending Kyle Rittenhouse on charges of intentional homicide for killing two people and injuring a third during a tumultuous night last month, while police shot and killed a black man named Jacob Blake.
Pierce said he had resigned from the Fight Back Foundation Fund, which had raised money to protect the retention house to keep the “controversy from appearing”. Pierce and his company, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Ht, are accused of evading millions of dollars owed to investors, according to court documents.
Earlier this year, Pierce admitted in New York court documents that he had failed to pay Karish Capital $ 4 million in cash advances to Pierce’s company, which had a large payment of $ 65 million to another investor, the newspaper reported.
Pierce and Lynn Wood, another attorney who has taken high-profile cases by conservatives, launched the fund in early August. The fund has been described as a “way to bring lawsuits to check the lies of the left”.
Pierce argued that the retention house was working in self – defense when three people were shot dead on August 25 during a third night’s protest against Blake’s shooting two days earlier, which was captured on a cellphone video and posted online.
The Return House case became a political flash point. During his Tuesday visit to Kenosha, President Donald Trump gave conflicts with an account given by prosecutors, falsely indicating that the false young man shot and killed men only after he had been hacked and that they had attacked him.
Wood, who now controls the foundation, said Pierce would be reimbursed for his work in protecting the retention house.