The family of Kylie Rittenhouse, the Kenosha shooter said that the #FightBack Foundation had collected enough funds for his bail but waited for almost a month to post bail. She accused the high-profile lawyers of using funds to pay their debts or to delay the posting of bail to raise additional funds. Attorneys John Pierce and Lin Wood were the celebrity lawyers who founded and headed the Foundation.
In a recent interview with the New Yorker, Wendy, who is Kyle’s mother claimed that her son was “John’s ticket put of debt.” Pierce stepped down from the board in early September after reports of his deep debts came into light. On September 2, Lin Wood, another defamation lawyer, and defender of the veracity of the presidential elections became the CEO of the FightBack Foundation.
In her interview with the New Yorker, Wendy wanted to know why her son remained in jail for almost a month after his $2 million bail money had been raised by the Foundation. She questioned whether Kyle was kept in jail to raise additional funds. Attorney Lin Wood told the New Yorker that the allegation was “blatantly false.”
Soon after his extradition from Illinois to Wisconsin in October 30, Kylie was eligible for bail at $2 million cash. This amount had already been raised by the #FightBack Foundation by October 1, when the amount collected was $2.1 million, according to the website.
According to the New Yorker, John Pierce posted the $2million bail on November 20. It was posted as a cheque from the law firm Pierce Bainbridge.
Wendy also told the New Yorker that she has been asking Pierce to return an amount of $40,000. She believed that the amount donated in living expenses belonged to the family, but Pierce had refused to do so. She also said that he told them that he had “freed Kyle” and the family owed him millions.
Rittenhouse, who is now an adult at 18, has been charged with first degree intentional murder. He shot three men at the Black Lives Matter rallies that took place summer, in Wisconsin. Two of the three white men succumbed to their bullet injuries, while the third one has recovered.