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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.

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Kyle Rittenhouse lawyer steps away from Wisconsin protest-shooting criminal case | Associated Press

KENOSHA, Wis. — An attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse indicated Thursday that he’d pull back from the teen’s criminal defense, hours after prosecutors in Wisconsin sought to block him from participating and alleged in a court filing that his involvement with a fundraising effort “provides ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud.”

Los Angeles civil lawyer John M. Pierce has been the public face of the 17-year-old’s defense against a murder charge and other counts in the three months since the teen fatally shot two men and wounded a third during summer protests in Kenosha. He also has been an enthusiastic fundraiser, helping to secure $2 million for his client’s bail.

Prosecutors, however, have grown increasingly critical of Pierce’s frequent out-of-court statements and fundraising efforts, which have been aimed at the political right.

In a motion filed Thursday morning, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger cited public records and news reports

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Inside Evan Hannibal and Tyler DeWitt Colorado Avalanche Case

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has long been one of the state’s most respected and least controversial agencies — a government office dedicated to preserving natural wonders and preventing disasters that all too often lead to accidental death.

But now the CAIC finds itself at the center of what’s thought to be the first-ever criminal case aimed at individuals who triggered a Colorado slide: Evan Hannibal and Tyler DeWitt, whose actions caused slabs of snow to pour onto an Interstate 70 loop road near the Eisenhower Tunnel on March 25. The State of Colorado, which filed charges against the pair in Summit County Court, wants them to pay $168,000 they don’t have to compensate for the cleanup — and the evidence against them includes helmet-cam video shot by Hannibal that the two supplied to the CAIC, which then passed it along to law enforcement.

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Palm Springs bribery case back in Indio court on Friday as attorneys push for dismissal

Attorneys for ex-Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and two Coachella Valley developers accused of buying his vote are expected to argue in court Friday that the felony charges against their clients should be dismissed.



Steve Pougnet wearing a suit and tie: Developers John Wessman, left, Richard Meaney, center, and former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, right, were arraigned Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. Charged in a bribery and corruption case, Wessman, Meaney and Pougnet each pleaded not guilty.


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Developers John Wessman, left, Richard Meaney, center, and former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, right, were arraigned Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. Charged in a bribery and corruption case, Wessman, Meaney and Pougnet each pleaded not guilty.

The hearing is scheduled Friday afternoon at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.

Pougnet, 57, and developers Richard Meaney, 54, and John Wessman, 82, were indicted on Aug. 15, 2019, after the case was presented to a grand jury by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

Pougnet faces 21 felony counts, including perjury, public corruption and conspiracy, while Meaney and Wessman were each indicted on multiple

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Trump Administration Loses Another H-1B Visa Court Case

In another immigration loss for the Trump administration, a federal judge in New Jersey granted a business group a preliminary injunction to block the Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing its H-1B wage rule. An analysis found the wage rule, issued in October, would have required employers to boost H-1B visa holders’ wages by 40% to 50%, well above the market wage for similar U.S. workers. Analysts concluded the rule’s objective was to price out of the U.S. labor market existing H-1B visa holders and international students who graduate from U.S. universities. The complaint was filed by the Wasden Banias law firm, which has launched several successful lawsuits against the Trump administration’s H-1B policies, on behalf of ITServe Alliance,

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Man charged in 1986 Franklin County cold case murder

For 34 years, Kristen Edwards’ family has waited for justice. No one was in custody. That changed this week thanks to a new cold case unit in Missouri

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. — On Saturday, July 5, 1986, Kristen Edwards’ husband came home to an unsettling scene. His wife was missing from their house in Sullivan, Missouri.

She seemingly disappeared in the middle of a normal day. A meal was left half eaten. The TV was on. Her purse was in the couple’s truck, which was parked on the driveway.

Her body was found in a field three days later about a half-mile from her home. She was nude and partially covered by sticks. A medical examiner determined she was strangled to death.

For 34 years, Edwards’ family has waited for justice. No one was in custody charged with her murder. That changed this week.

Kenneth Avery was charged with second-degree

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FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith seeks probation in Russia probe case

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Former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page told Good Morning America hosts that he’s never communicated with the president. Carter is the focus of a Republican memo alleging the FBI abused surveillance rules to spy on him.

WASHINGTON – Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who altered an email used to justify wiretapping a former Trump campaign aide, is asking to be spared from a prison sentence, acknowledging he had committed a crime but did not mean to mislead investigators. 

“Kevin Clinesmith made a grievous mistake. By altering a colleague’s email, he cut a corner in a job that required far better of him. He failed to live up to the FBI’s and his own high standards of conduct,” his attorneys said in a 48-page sentencing memorandum filed Thursday.

Clinesmith’s attorneys are asking a federal judge to sentence him to probation.

Clinesmith, who worked for the FBI for four years, pleaded

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Trump aide banned from Justice Department after trying to get case information

Stirrup is accused of approaching staffers in the department demanding they give her information about investigations, including election fraud matters, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

The effort came as Trump continues to level baseless claims that he won the election and alleges without evidence that massive voting fraud was responsible for his defeat to President-elect Joe Biden.

Stirrup had also extended job offers to political allies for positions at some of the highest levels of the Justice Department without consulting any senior department officials or the White House counsel’s office and also attempted to interfere in the hiring process for career staffers, a violation of the government’s human resources policies, one of the people said.

The Justice Department declined to comment. Attempts to reach Stirrup for comment were not immediately successful.

On Thursday, Trump appointed Stirrup

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Court rules enough probable cause for Kyle Rittenhouse case to go to trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — There is enough evidence to warrant a trial for an Illinois 17-year-old accused of killing two men and wounding a third during a night of unrest in Wisconsin, a court commissioner ruled Thursday after a contentious hearing in which the defendant’s lawyer tried to show he had acted in self-defense.

Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, is charged with homicide and attempted homicide for the Aug. 25 fatal shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz during a night of unrest two days after the police shooting in Kenosha of Jacob Blake, a local Black man.

During a preliminary hearing conducted via video, Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating found that there was enough probable cause for the case to proceed to trial. Rittenhouse, who wore a covering over his nose and mouth, attended the Zoom hearing from the office of his

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Trump aide banned from Justice after trying to get case info

The official serving as President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after trying to pressure staffers to give up sensitive case information she could relay to the White House

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