John Pierce, Former Attorney For Kyle Rittenhouse Defending Capitol Rioters, Says Hes Not Missing

The lawyer for more than a dozen people charged in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has informed judges in Washington, D.C., that he's been released from a 12-day stay in a Los Angeles-area hospital and should be back on his cases next week. 

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"I was not 'missing' or anything of the sort," John Pierce wrote in a letter filed in his clients' cases, which was in response to a government notice to make judges aware that Pierce failed to appear at some prior hearings and couldn't be reached.

a man holding a wine glass: Defense Attorney John Pierce speaks during an extradition hearing for Kyle Rittenhouse in Lake County court Friday in Waukegan, Ill. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis. © Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press Defense Attorney John Pierce speaks during an extradition hearing for Kyle Rittenhouse in Lake County court Friday in Waukegan, Ill. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis.

Pierce first became famous as the lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse, after the teen was charged with fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during protests in Kenosha in August 2020. Rittenhouse fired Pierce in February.

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An NPR reporter tweeted that Pierce said he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and doesn't expect to be, and wouldn't be "elaborating further on my personal medical issues."

"I greatly appreciate the government's expressions of compassion and hope for recovery," Pierce wrote Wednesday, referring to language in the government's Aug. 30 notice to judges.

In the letter, Pierce stuck up for his associate Ryan Marshall, who had the misfortune of having to try explain to judges and prosecutors why his boss wasn't at the hearings — when Marshall himself wasn't really sure.

"As I learn for the first time about the confusion and intense media coverage that accompanied my hospitalization, Ryan clearly did an incredible job under immensely difficult circumstances with the limited information he had at the time," Pierce wrote.

"The morning I went into the hospital was extremely chaotic. Mr. Marshall was simply passing along his best and honest understanding of the circumstances surrounding my hospitalization."

More: Here's the latest on the 6 Wisconsin men charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection in Washington, D.C.

Marshall is not a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia, and unlikely to be so any time soon; Marshall was charged in August in a corruption scheme in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, where he had worked as a law clerk.

At one point, Pierce represented 17 people charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the most of any single lawyer. Two clients dropped Pierce as their attorney during the time he was unreachable. 

More than 550 people have been charged so far for a variety of offenses related to a mob's storming and entry of the Capitol.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: John Pierce, former attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse defending Capitol rioters, says he's not missing

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The missing attorney for U.S. Capitol attack defendants and former Rittenhouse lawyer tells the court hes OK and will be back on cases

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The missing attorney for U.S. Capitol attack defendants and former Rittenhouse lawyer tells the court hes OK and will be back on cases