Who are Kyle Rittenhouse’s former lawyers Lin Wood and John Pierce?

KYLE Rittenhouse made headlines in 2021 after he was acquitted of charges in relation to the murders of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz.

After the acquittal, Rittenhouse made his first public appearance where he slammed his former attorneys over representation and money.

Who are Kyle Rittenhouse’s former lawyers Lin Wood and John Pierce?

When the jury delivered their not guilty verdict, Rittenhouse, 18, was standing beside Mark Richards, who helped the teen win the case.

However, before Rittenhouse hired Richards, he had two former lawyers including Lin Wood, 69, and John Pierce.

Wood is known professionally as a far-right American attorney who focuses on medical malpractice litigation but gained a reputation as a "celebrity lawyer" after he started handling defamation lawsuits.

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Much like Wood, Pierce is also a far-right attorney who is famously representing 17 defendants charged in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots, according to NPR.

Prior to getting fired, Pierce served as Rittenhouse's fundraising attorney and helped raise money for his $2million bond.


What did Kyle say about his former attorneys?

On November 22, 2021, Rittenhouse made his first public appearance during an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

During the interview, he accused Wood of delaying his release from jail and that he "disrespected" his wishes.

"Lin Wood was raising money on my behalf, and he held me in jail for 87 days, disrespected my wishes, put me on media interviews which I should never have done. He said, 'Oh, you're going to go talk to The Washington Post' which was not a good idea," Rittenhouse told Carlson.

"Along with John Pierce, they said I was safer in jail, instead of at home with my family."

When Carlson asked if he thought they could have raised the money faster, he alleged he could have been released in September but believes they were trying to raise money "so they can take it for their own benefit," instead of trying to set him free.

"I believe it. I believe, sometime in September, September 5 I want to say, they had over a million dollars and bail was set and able to be posted in September," Rittenhouse continued.

"So they could have had me sign the waiver for extradition and had me back in Wisconsin, and I could have been bailed out by mid-September, but they wanted to keep me in jail until November 20."

Following his acquittal, Wood filed a motion in an attempt to get the $2million back however, Richards is arguing that it should go to Rittenhouse.

While Wood has yet to comment on the allegations, Pierce told Newsweek that the claims are a "manufactured controversy…designed to discredit me."

Rittenhouse was first arrested in August 2020 and held in custody until November 20 of that same year, during which time, he claims to not have showered for three weeks because of the conditions.

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