Defense attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse says ex-attorney Lin Wood wanted to use teenager “for a cause”

Kyle Rittenhouse defense attorney Mark RichardsPool / Getty Images

  • Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges on Friday after killing two people and injuring another.

  • His lawyer told reporters that his previous lawyers wanted to use the teenager for a “cause”.

  • Lawyers Lin Wood and John Pierce left the teenager’s team before the start of the homicide trial.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Mark Richards told CNN the teenager’s former lawyers were using him for “a cause” rather than simply representing a client.

Richards said he was hired by former Rittenhouse lawyers Lin Wood and John Pierce.

“They wanted to use Kyle for a cause, and something that I think was inappropriate,” Richards told reporters after a jury acquitted Rittenhouse of all charges in the case. “The only thing that mattered to me was whether he was found not guilty or not. I don’t represent cases, I represent clients.”

Richards said he told the teenager when they first met that he wasn’t going to fight over anything unrelated to his legal defense.

“If he was looking for someone to go on a crusade, I was not his lawyer,” Richards told his client.

Wood and Pierce were Rittenhouse’s first lawyers and were quick to talk about their pro-Trump policies.

The two lawyers used Rittenhouse’s far-right appeal to raise funds for his bail, according to the Chicago Tribune.

They then demanded repayment of the funds, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wood left the case to unsuccessfully plead voter fraud allegations in the 2020 presidential election, while Pierce was let go by the teenager’s family.

Rittenhouse was found not guilty of all five counts he faced Friday after shooting two men and shooting another man in the arm, during a protest against Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconson, in 2020.

Rittenhouse had been charged with reckless first degree homicide, first degree intentional homicide, attempted first degree intentional homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment. Another offense of possession of weapons was dismissed by the judge in charge of the case.

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