Talking to Tucker Carlson on Monday, Kyle Rittenhouse said his first attorneys, Lin Wood and John Pierce, took advantage of him, lied about him, gave him bad legal advice, and left him rotting in jail without a shower for 87 days.
“I was in jail for 87 days,” said Rittenhouse. “Lin Wood was raising money on my behalf, and he held me in jail for 87 days, disrespecting my wishes, put me on media interviews, which I should never have done, which he said, oh, you’re going to go talk to The Washington Post … which was not a good idea.”
As Rittenhouse recounted, “They said I was safer in jail instead of at home with my family.” But trapped in jail, Rittenhouse felt anything but safe. “It was scary in jail, like you had to watch over yourself, and not a lot of people liked me in jail.” He also came to stink powerfully, because there was no running water in his cell and he thus was unable to take a shower for the entire time he was there.
“It was very long. I lost a lot of weight in there,” he lamented.
Rittenhouse noted that his attorneys were exploiting him, profiting at his expense. “87 days of not being with my family for defending myself and being taken advantage [of and being] used for a cause by these — by John Pierce and Lin Wood, trying to raise money so they can take it for their own benefit, not trying to set me free.”
John Pierce was hired to handle the extradition portion of Rittenhouse’s case, but he utterly failed to do that in any competent fashion. “They could have had me sign the waiver for extradition and had me back in Wisconsin and I could have been bailed out by mid-September, but they wanted to keep me in jail until November 20th,” Rittenhouse charged.
Still worse, while Rittenhouse was stuck in jail, Pierce lied about him on television and created the false narrative that he was in an unorganized militia, Rittenhouse says. “John Pierce said that, and it’s blatantly false. I don’t — I didn’t know what a militia was until after the fact, until November, like, 25th, after I was watching some of the interviews he did. I was like, ‘I am not in a militia. I don’t know what that is.’”