Raw Story: Attorney John Pierce, who has represented Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse as well as more than a dozen Capitol rioters, reportedly is on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19.
Pierce’s illness was first reported Wednesday after it prompted a hearing for accused Capitol rioter Shane Jenkins to be delayed, according to independent journalist Marcy Wheeler and Washington Post reporter Rachel Weiner.
“Pierce is not AT this hearing, he sent the lawyer from his office who is not barred in DC again. Nor did he get his notice of appearance in behind,” Wheeler reported.
“Mr. Pierce is in the hospital, we believe, with COVID-19, on a ventilator, non-responsive,” the attorney from his office reportedly told a judge.
John Pierce is an attorney. Thus far, he has represented 17 insurrectionists. It is believed that many of these insurrectionists could implicate Rep Joe Biggs. Pierce did not appear in court today. The court was told that he is in the hospital with Covid, on a ventilator.
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) August 25, 2021
The judge ultimately continued the hearing until next week, saying, “Send our best wishes to Mr. Pierce and his family.”
Last week, the Daily Beast reported that Pierce recently reinvented himself as “a go-to lawyer for conservative causes célèbres.”
As it happens, Ryan Joseph Marshall, the lawyer who is handling John Pierce's cases as he fights COVID in the hospital, is awaiting trial in Pennsylvania on multiple charges of theft, fraud & conspiracy related to a prior job as a judicial law clerk. https://t.co/Z8H93AiAPK pic.twitter.com/a6JB7wudrn
— Alan Feuer (@alanfeuer) August 25, 2021
“But even as his star rises on the right, Pierce has been undermined by a bizarre tweet appearing to threaten federal officials, an employee facing felony charges for allegedly defrauding a grandmother, and his own financial woes,” the Daily Beast reported.
John Pierce Tries to Hire His 18th January 6 Defendant while on a Ventilator with COVID-19https://t.co/9ShmT89jBb
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) August 25, 2021
Jenkins, the Capitol rioter, was recently denied release after a judge determined he represents a danger to the community and a flight risk. He allegedly destroyed property while trying to break into the Capitol, and threw a flagpole and desk drawer at police.
On his Twitter account, Pierce posted several messages stating his opposition to vaccines and mask mandates: