More Drama for Kyle Rittenhouse Involving John Pierce (Updated)
A filing by the District Attorney sets off a perhaps misplaced Kyle Rittenhouse “whereabouts unknown” media frenzy. A review of Rittenhouse-related tweets over the last several months paints a less than flattering picture of the Pierce Bainbridge founder.
Update: While we are not aware of any indication that Kyle Rittenhouse is actually missing, a sworn affidavit filed by John Pierce says a Kenosha Police Captain said “I absolutely should not” put Rittenhouse’s correct address on the form. Pierce’s also stated “the best of my knowledge and recollection. . .I believe the Kenosha Police Captain. . .to have been Tim Schaal.” We are unaware of the Kenosha Police Department’s or Schaal’s version of the events.
Update II: The Kenosha Police Department has contradicted John Pierce’s sworn statement.
Attorney John Mark Pierce finds himself in the news yet again. The wires exploded yesterday with word the Kyle Rittenhouse prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant, with many concluding that perhaps the Kenosha shooter was missing or had skipped bond. The situation appears to have been overblown, but it is yet another example of Pierce finding his name in a negative story.
As for Rittenhouse, it turns out the district attorney, who filed the papers setting yesterday’s wheels in motion, was aware three months ago that Rittenhouse no longer lived at his home address. The prosecutor even stated on the record that Rittenhouse was at an undisclosed location “perhaps for good reason.” (The relevant comments are at around the 1:12 mark of this video.) The prosecutor’s statements were made prior to the events covered in the Pierce affidavit.
In response to the prosecutor’s filing, Pierce stated he was informed when retrieving Rittenhouse from prison in November that he should not disclose the Kenosha shooter’s address for safety reasons.
Whatever the case may be, yesterday’s events were a microcosm of the chaos that has plagued John Pierce for some time now. “Calamity Jane Meets the Law” is a solid primer on issues with Pierce, attorneys who have worked with him, and a lender that his firm owes “no less than $59 million.”
A chronological review of Pierce’s Rittenhouse-related tweets, along with a few media headlines, and tweets from others sprinkled in, is enlightening.
The Revolutionary War!
About That Permission to Practice Law in Wisconsin!
- As noted below, three months later, the Los Angeles based Pierce would withdraw from the Wisconsin case mere hours after the prosecutors’ office challenged the attorney’s permission to practice law in Wisconsin.
Public Embarrassment #1!
Skepticism About Pierce!
- “Lin” is a reference to Lin Wood, who originally partnered with Pierce on Rittenhouse matters. The reference to Lin’s “broke friend” with no criminal law experience is a reference to John Pierce.
The Standing Ovation!
- We imagine the women who provided Pierce a standing ovation were not aware of these issues.
War for Kyle!
- Pierce references his three children. As it turns out, his ex-wife threatened to report him to child services last year, and said Pierce did not see his kids for months because he failed to comply with drug and alcohol testing.
- Pierce also reportedly threatened to kill the mother of these same three children who has obtained two domestic violence restraining orders against him.
Extradition Hearing Will “Go Down in History”!
Extradition Hearing FAIL!
The Warrior Spirit!
- Pierce tried to quit on his client in two ongoing lawsuits just two weeks earlier. In both instances (Los Angeles and Connecticut), Pierce whined about being understaffed and overwhelmed.
Worldwide Donation Requests!
The Scare Tactics?
- Mother Jones reports on accusations of Pierce driven potential witness intimidation.
- John Pierce’s firm has been involved in at least five defamation lawsuits. Pierce Bainbridge claimed the collective damages were in excess of $150,000,000.00. Pierce’s firm went 0-for-5. A goose egg. A donut. Out of $150,000,000.00-plus in claims, Pierce’s firm’s five clients recovered a grand total of $0.00!!!
Public Embarrassment #2!
The God-given and Anglo-American legal right of self-defense!
Cases Crucial to Individual Liberty!
“The Amazing Consistency in My Practice.”
- Pierce does not define “consistency,” we come back to this in our conclusion, with a video, 90-seconds, fascinating viewing.
“Where is Kyle?”
- A Business Insider headline from yesterday, February 3, 2021.
- Crime & Law published the Rittenhouse court responses, which includes affidavits from Pierce and criminal defense attorney Marc Richards, which suggest the media flood about Rittenhouse’s whereabouts and potentially skipping bond were overblown.
Be that as it, as we noted, Pierce did not define “consistency” above. In addition, this is not the first time a Pierce client had an issue with a home.
In another instance, Pierce put a client up in a $1.3 million home for two years, while his firm ran up a reported aggregate $70 million debt to at least five different lenders. It appears the lenders finally caught up to Pierce and Pierce Bainbridge repeatedly pledging the same collateral, the lending appears to have stopped, the firm essentially cratered, and Pierce’s ex-client is now facing eviction and an uncertain future.
The home is pictured in the video below, which provides an overview of Pierce’s firm — Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP — where around 60 lawyers quit on him pre-Rittenhouse. The video should help with drawing your own conclusions on what type of “consistency” there has been in John Pierce’s legal practice.
The Kyle Rittenhouse Saga continues. We imagine there will be lots more to come.