John Pierce, Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney, has not applied for permission to represent the Antioch teen in a Wisconsin court. Pierce is leading the defense team to clear the 17-year old from charges stemming from the potentially justified shootings in Kenosha.
The attorney has also been leading a media campaign to counter the mainstream media smear campaign against the 17-year old. Pierce had also promised to sue the Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden for libel after suggesting that Rittenhouse was a racist.
Pierce cannot represent Rittenhouse without permission to practice in Wisconsin alongside a resident licensed attorney. He must apply for pro hac vice permission, which he hasn’t done yet, according to the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Mark Richards, a Racine-based attorney, was to join Pierce in the defense. However, Pierce’s delay led to Richards solely representing Rittenhouse during his first court appearance in Kenosha County.
However, Pierce assured the concerned parties that he would apply for permission to represent the teen shortly.
“We are all on one team fighting for Kyle,” he said.
Rittenhouse faces first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
He stands accused of fatally shooting a 26-year old Silver Lake resident, Anthony Huber, and a 36-year old Kenosha resident, Joseph Rosenbaum. Gaige Grosskreutz, 22, sustained injuries during the encounter. The three were part of a mob that attacked the teen, forcing him to act in self-defense.
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