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While Kyle Rittenhouse may be free of criminal charges relating to the now-infamous night in Kenosha, he’s not free of another looming legal battle – with his own lawyers.
When Rittenhouse was first arrested, bail was set at a staggering $2 million. Rittenhouse’s lawyers helped raise the sum, and he was subsequently able to post that bail and get released as he awaited trial. Now, two of Rittenhouse’s lawyers want their money back, but Rittenhouse and his family are trying to prevent that, the New York Post reported.
One of the lawyers was John Pierce, who helped secure the bail with help from his law firm, Pierce Bainbridge. Other major donors included My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell and Ricky Schroder, former child actor.
The other lawyer is L. Lin Wood, who said the money was provided by his FightBack Foundation, and stated that the money ought to be returned to his organization, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
However, the Rittenhouse family dismissed Pierce and Wood in February of this year, asserting that the two attorneys had redirected money intended to help Rittenhouse towards other ends.
In Wisconsin, the bond returns to whoever actually posted it, when the trial is over. Currently, the strongest claim appears to belong to Pierce, though the issue is certainly in contention, according to Rittenhouse’s current lawyer, Mark Richards, speaking to the Kenosha News:
“I suspect there will be a fight over that. John Pierce is the person who posted the bond. All that money was raised on behalf of Kyle. Lin Wood and FightBack say they are entitled to it. There was half a million dollars I think that came directly from [Kyle’s mother] Wendy Rittenhouse from money she raised. So there’s going to be a fight over that, and I’m just thankful there will be a fight over it.”
There are certainly many lawsuits in the works, and some have already been filed, though at the time of writing none of them have named Rittenhouse himself (or his family). The family of Anthony Huber, one of them killed by Rittenhouse, flung a lawsuit at police and government officials in Kenosha, accusing them of allowing a dangerous situation that led to the death of Huber. Gaige Gorrkreutz, who survived being shot by Rittenhouse, only to play into the latter’s defense on trial, has mounted a lawsuit of his own, also targeting Kenosha officials, accusing them of “deputizing” “a band of white vigilantes.”
Other individuals present joined the bandwagon, tossing in their own lawsuit against Kenosha for allegedly enforcing curfew laws against them but not against armed individuals such as Rittenhouse, alleging biased and illegal selective enforcement of the law.
While the Rittenhouse drama probably reached its zenith last week as he was acquitted on all charges, sparking massive outcries of both anger and relief, and polarizing the sages and pundits of Twitter and newsrooms all over the world, the probable upcoming bond money dispute shows that it certainly isn’t over.