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Why Kyle Rittenhouse’s Attorney Is Leaving Criminal Case as Arraignment Set For Kenosha Shooter

One of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse‘s attorneys is stepping away from his criminal defense soon after prosecutors argued he should be blocked from representing the 17-year-old due to his fundraising efforts.



a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Kyle Rittenhouse cleans graffiti from a high school near the Kenosha County Courthouse following another night of unrest on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. An attorney for the 17-year-old said he is stepping back from his criminal defense.


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Kyle Rittenhouse cleans graffiti from a high school near the Kenosha County Courthouse following another night of unrest on August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. An attorney for the 17-year-old said he is stepping back from his criminal defense.

Los Angeles based lawyer John M. Pierce confirmed will be pulling back from the teenager’s defense and attorney Mark Richards will now be representing Rittenhouse in the criminal trial.

Pierce said he will instead be focusing on raising money for the defense team.

Pierce, along with Rittenhouse‘s fellow attorney Lin Wood, were able to raise the $2m needed to post the teenager’s bail following a successful fundraising campaign.

“So that it does not take

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Danny Masterson’s Arraignment Pushed to 2021 as Lawyer Claims Rape Case Is ‘Politically Motivated’

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Danny Masterson’s arraignment for his rape case has once again been pushed.

On Monday, the former That ’70s Show star’s attorney Thomas Mesereau appeared before a Los Angeles judge, who agreed to postpone Masterson’s arraignment to Jan. 6, according to New York Daily News.

Masterson, who was charged in June with raping three women in separate incidents occurring between 2001 and 2003 (he denies the allegations), did not appear in court alongside his lawyer.

“We think this case has already had enough publicity sufficient to prejudice any jury pool that might have to be picked at some point,” said Mesereau, who asked that media outlets be removed from the courtroom before the hearing, New York Daily News reports.

“There’s been politics behind the case, in our opinion,” Mesereau said. “We think it’s a politically motivated case.”

PEOPLE is out to Mesereau for comment.

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What Was a Clinton White House Lawyer Doing At Epstein’s Arraignment?

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast

In July 2019, all eyes were on Jeffrey Epstein as he entered a Manhattan federal courtroom in prison blues and orange sneakers. The reclusive multimillionaire, used to luxurious jaunts around the globe with powerful friends, appeared disheveled as he was charged with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

Police had arrested the 66-year-old financier two days before, and a packed crowd of journalists, lawyers, and victims now watched him plead not guilty to child sex-trafficking charges—more than a decade after he avoided serious prison time for molesting scores of teenage victims at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.

But while the press focused on Epstein, one high-profile spectator apparently went unnoticed—at least, unnoticed by most. Two eyewitnesses say former White House lawyer Kathryn Ruemmler was at Epstein’s court appearance that day in his support, The Daily Beast has learned.

Epstein Victim Claims He Showed

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