Rittenhouse Family — Lin Wood is trying to take Kyle’s bail money…
The next battle in the Kyle Rittenhouse case is likely to be over $2 million in bond funds.
Rittenhouse, 18, was free on $2 million bond since last November, the money raised by donors and posted by former Rittenhouse attorney John Pierce with a cashier’s check from his law firm Pierce Bainbridge.
Another early Rittenhouse attorney, Lin Wood, has stated the money was provided by the FightBack Foundation, which he operates. Wood has issued statements indicating that the money should come back to him.
The Rittenhouse family fired Pierce in February. The family has accused both Lin Wood and John Pierce of diverting money meant to help Kyle. By law, bond should be returned to whoever posted it after the trial is over. In this case, it appears to be Pierce’s law firm.
But Wood claims that his #FightBack Foundation is the one that raised the money and thus should get the cash. Former child actor Ricky Schroder and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell have also been credited with making large donations toward Rittenhouse’s legal fund.
Mark Richards, the criminal defense lawyer who represented Rittenhouse at trial, believes a legal battle is brewing over the bond money. ‘I suspect there will be a fight over that,’ Richards told Kenosha News.
‘John Pierce is the person who posted the bond. All that money was raised on behalf of Kyle.’
Richards added: ‘There was half a million dollars I think that came directly from Kyle’s mother Wendy Rittenhouse from money she raised. ‘So there’s going to be a fight over that, and I’m just thankful there will be a fight over it.’
“Money makes people do silly things,” a Twitter account associated with the Rittenhouse family posted after the letter was sent to the court. “While we’re busting our humps trying to raise money and see Kyle acquitted, Lin Wood is sending letters to the court DURING Kyle’s hearing to demand $2M in donations FOR KYLE be given to HIM.”