A new fight threatens Kyle Rittenhouse, with two lawyers who briefly worked on the case and are now demanding bond money worth millions.
The next legal battle for Kyle Rittenhouse could be with his former lawyers.
Two lawyers who briefly worked on Rittenhouse’s case – and helped raise $ 2 million ($ 2.7 million) to get him released from prison while awaiting prosecution – want the money back, but it now acquitted the teenager’s family is struggling to move New York Postreports.
The 18-year-old was acquitted of all charges on Friday that stemmed from the shooting of three people – two with fatalities – during the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.
Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, convinced the jury that he was acting in self-defense.
Rittenhouse was released from prison while awaiting trial in November after a $ 2 million bond was sent by his former lawyer John Pierce, with a cash check from his law firm Pierce Bainbridge.
Former child actor Ricky Schroder and My Pillows CEO Mike Lindell were credited with donations that enabled Rittenhouse’s release.
Bond in Wisconsin legally goes back to the person who posted it after the trial is over, which appears to be Pierce’s law firm.
A second lawyer who briefly worked on the case, L. Lin Wood, said the funds were provided by his FightBack Foundation and should be returned to the organization, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
In February, the Rittenhouse family fired Pierce and have since complained that he and Wood diverted money to help Rittenhouse.
“I suspect there will be quarrels about it,” Rittenhouse’s current lawyer, Mark Richards, told Kenosha News.
“John Pierce is the person who issued the bond. All this money was raised on behalf of Kyle. Lin Wood and FightBack say they are entitled to it.”
“It was half a million dollars that I think it came straight from [Kyle’s mother] “Wendy Rittenhouse from the money she raised,” he continued.
“So it’s going to be a fight about it, and I’m just grateful that there’s going to be a fight about it.”
No civil lawsuits have been filed against Rittenhouse yet, but there are lawsuits against others.
The family of one of the men killed by Rittenhouse, Anthony Huber, is suing police and government officials in Kenosha, claiming that they allowed a dangerous situation that resulted in his death.
Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot by Rittenhouse but survived, has a similar trial.
A group of protesters have also sued the town and county of Kenosha, claiming that curfews were applied to them but not to gunmen like Rittenhouse.
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Originally published as Kyle Rittenhouse and former lawyers in dispute over who gets $ 2.7 million in bond money