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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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Controversial Rittenhouse lawyer may not join trial defense in Wisconsin



a screen shot of a man: John Pierce, attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, talking about the case on Fox News


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John Pierce, attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, talking about the case on Fox News

A California lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse should not be granted permission to practice in Wisconsin because of several ethical concerns, Kenosha prosecutors say.

In a brief, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger has sharpened his office’s objections to John Pierce — a civil litigator from Los Angeles who has been directing a media blitz for Rittenhouse — being part of the criminal defense team on the teen’s homicides case.

Meanwhile, Pierce announced Thursday that he has taken over all civil representation of Rittenhouse, including potential defamation actions, as well as the efforts to raise more money for his defense, and apparently abdicating any role at the criminal trial in Kenosha.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that Lin Wood, the Atlanta

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Rittenhouse lawyer loses bid to drop some charges

A lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who fatally shot two people during a Black Lives Matter protest in Wisconsin in August, failed Thursday to convince a Kenosha County Court Commissioner to drop two out of the six charges against his client.

Mark Richards argued that the 17-year-old, who says he was acting in self-defense when he killed two protesters and wounded a third, should have the misdemeanor charge of underage firearm possession against him dropped, citing an exception in Wisconsin’s law against minors possessing dangerous weapons, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

“We don’t allow teens to run around with guns. It’s that simple. The statute is clear,” Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said, according to the Journal Sentinel. “This is exactly why we have this law, because teens shouldn’t be allowed to run around with dangerous weapons, because bad things happen.”

Richards also attempted to have dropped a charge

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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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Rittenhouse has preliminary hearing Thursday on Kenosha charges

A Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner ruled there’s enough evidence for a trial for 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who’s charged with fatally shooting two men.

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

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Rittenhouse attorney says judge granted request to be allowed on case

A California-based attorney who represents Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teen charged with killing two people and wounded a third during a summer protest in Kenosha, Wis., said Monday that a judge will allow him to appear in court on behalf of his client. 

John Pierce, of Los Angeles, needed permission to appear in a Wisconsin courtroom as he is not licensed to practice in the state. Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder granted Pierce’s request Monday.

“We are looking forward to trial,” Pierce told Fox News in a text message. 

Kenosha County prosecutors filed a motion to force Pierce to abide by state rules on pretrial publicity. Prosecutors asked for a hearing on the matter but it does not appear to have taken place, according to online court records.

Messages to Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Jason Zapf were not immediately returned. 

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Rittenhouse attorney says judge allowed him on case

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A California attorney said Monday that a Kenosha County judge will allow him to appear in court on behalf of an Illinois 17-year-old accused of killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin.

John Pierce, of Los Angeles, is not licensed to practice in Wisconsin and would need the court’s permission to appear in court for Kyle Rittenhouse. Such requests are routinely granted, but Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Jason Zapf has asked for a hearing on the matter “to address several issues.”

Judge Bruce Schroeder granted Pierce’s request Monday, Pierce said. Online court records do not indicate that a hearing ever took place. Zapf didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Pierce has no real criminal defense experience and has been promoting Rittenhouse as a patriot, saying the case is one of political prosecution, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. He has also worked to

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Prosecutors seek hearing on Rittenhouse attorney’s request

Kenosha County prosecutors are seeking a hearing on a California attorney’s request to be allowed to appear in court for an Illinois 17-year-old accused of killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin.

John Pierce, of Los Angeles, is not licensed to practice in Wisconsin and would need the court’s permission to appear in court for Kyle Rittenhouse. Such requests are routinely granted, but Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Jason Zapf has asked for a hearing on the matter “to address several issues.”

Pierce has no real criminal defense experience and has been promoting Rittenhouse as a patriot, saying the case is one of political prosecution, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. He has also worked to solicit donations for Rittenhouse’s defense.

Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during a demonstration Aug. 25 that followed the police

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Prosecutors seek hearing on Rittenhouse attorney’s request

KENOSHA, Wis. — Kenosha County prosecutors are seeking a hearing on a California attorney’s request to be allowed to appear in court for an Illinois 17-year-old accused of killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin.

John Pierce, of Los Angeles, is not licensed to practice in Wisconsin and would need the court’s permission to appear in court for Kyle Rittenhouse. Such requests are routinely granted, but Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Jason Zapf has asked for a hearing on the matter “to address several issues.”

Pierce has no real criminal defense experience and has been promoting Rittenhouse as a patriot, saying the case is one of political prosecution, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. He has also worked to solicit donations for Rittenhouse’s defense.

Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during a demonstration Aug. 25 that followed the

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Actor Ricky Schroder helped pay Rittenhouse bond, attorney says

Hours after his release, the Illinois teen charged with killing two people during an August protest in Wisconsin, posed in a photo with actor Ricky Schroder.

WASHINGTON — An attorney representing accused Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse says actor Ricky Schroder and the CEO of MyPillow helped get the 17-year-old out of jail. 

The Illinois teen has been charged with killing two people during an August protest in Wisconsin. His case has become a rallying cry for some conservatives. He was released Friday after posting a $2 million cash bond in Kenosha. 

One of his attorneys, Lin Wood, tweeted a thank you to all who donated through a legal defense fund for Rittenhouse. Wood gave a special thanks to “Silver Spoons” and “NYPD Blue” actor Ricky Schroder, along with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, for “putting us over the top.”

Hours after his release, Rittenhouse posed for a photo with Schroder and

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