Rittenhouse, who is currently being held in custody by the police department of his hometown of Lake County, Illinois, is being charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide. This is on top of five other charges for the shooting of three rioters who were attacking him. Two of the three assailants have since died. (Related: Mainstream media is LYING about American hero Kyle Rittenhouse’s act of self-defense.)
Wood was spurred on to offer his services for free after he witnessed Democratic congresswoman Ayanna Pressley smearing Rittenhouse on Twitter by calling him a “white supremacist domestic terrorist.”
“Ayanna Pressley just got condemned to the World of the Blocked,” tweeted Wood. “She is no Elvis. And I am not a criminal defense lawyer but I am going to see what I can do tomorrow to help Kyle Rittenhouse. If a private defense lawyer steps up to defend him, please notify me of his or her name.”
When a person on social media informed Wood that Rittenhouse has enough money to pay for him thanks to crowdfunding efforts – which have since been taken down – Wood responded by saying that, if his services are needed, Rittenhouse does not need to pay.
“God has blessed me with enough and enough is always enough … When [the charges are dismissed], accusers should be held accountable and they should pay.”
In order to further help Rittenhouse fight his charges, Wood is teaming up with several other attorneys, most notably John Pierce of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP.
With the help of Pierce, Wood created the #FightBack Foundation. Incorporated in Texas earlier this month, the foundation will be collecting donations for Rittenhouse’s legal defense.
Wood said that he helped create the foundation “with a mission to protect and defend our Constitution on many fronts,” and that its main task for the foreseeable future will be to make sure the charges against Rittenhouse will be dropped.
Pierce, who launched his law firm in 2017, previously represented former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a Republican, and Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat.
Pierce represented Giuliani when the latter was being probed by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office into whether he broke lobbying laws when he was dealing with Ukraine. Pierce represented Gabbard when she was suing Hillary Clinton for calling her a third-party candidate that was “groomed” by Russia.
On its website, the Pierce Bainbridge firm describes itself as a “state of the art litigation law firm dedicated to the lost art of combat by trial.”
Pierce, with the help of Wood, has begun forming a proper legal defense team that can represent Rittenhouse. He said that he and Wood will soon be joined by “a SEAL Team” of former assistant U.S. attorneys who are now working as criminal defense lawyers.
“[Rittenhouse] needs and deserves courageous legal counsel who will fight for him,” Wood said in a tweet. “John is ready to do so and others will join him. The fight is for Kyle and for ALL Freedom Loving Americans.”
Rittenhouse is scheduled to appear in Lake County Circuit Court in Illinois on Friday for an extradition hearing. Wood will be with him during his first court appearance.
Supporters of Rittenhouse who wanted to donate turned to popular crowdfunding website GoFundMe. Unfortunately, their fundraiser on the website was taken down on Thursday, August 27.
The company pulled all fundraisers for Rittenhouse and refunded all donations contributed to these crowdfunding campaigns because they apparently violated their terms of service. However, it refused to specify which policies the efforts violated.
Unfortunately, not much can be done, because GoFundMe’s terms of service prohibit any “activity that GoFundMe may deem in its sole discretion to be unacceptable.” This basically allows the company to get rid of any campaign it does not agree with.
For comparison, GoFundMe has decided to leave up GoFundMe pages for Jacob Blake and for Anthony Huber, one of the people who attacked Rittenhouse. Blake’s page has raised more than $1.8 million as of Thursday evening, and Huber’s two GoFundMe pages – one set up by Huber’s girlfriend and another set up by his family – have collectively raised over $136,000 as of writing.
It was not clear how many campaigns for Rittenhouse have been pulled from the website, nor the amount they all raised. At least three pages were able to raise over $1,000, but not much else is known besides that.
Another campaign on crowdfunding website Fundly was much more successful. Within just a few hours, it had raised more than $50,000 before it was taken down sometime late on Wednesday. After it got taken down, other fundraisers for Rittenhouse popped up, but they have only been able to raise less than $600 combined as of Thursday evening. Fundly has not released a statement on the matter.
A still-active fundraiser for Rittenhouse exists on Christian crowdfunding website Give Send Go. The fundraising campaign was created by a group from Atlanta, Georgia that calls themselves the “Friends of the Rittenhouse Family.”
“Kyle Rittenhouse just defended himself from a brutal attack by multiple members of the far-leftist group Antifa.” wrote the group on the crowdfunding campaign’s main page. “The experience was undoubtedly a brutal one, as he was forced to take two lives to defend his own.”
“The situation was clearly self-defense, and Kyle and his family will undoubtedly need money to pay for the legal fees. Let’s give back to someone who bravely tried to defend his community.”
The group alleges that the district attorney for Kenosha County, Mike Graveley, a Democrat, is using the situation “to capitalize on its political angle” despite the evidence clearly showing that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.
Give Send Go’s co-founder and chief marketing officer Heather Wilson said that she will not be removing the crowdfunding campaign from her website.
“Give Send Go is committed to giving both sides of the political culture in our society an equal chance to let their voices be heard,” she said. “We will not be removing the campaign.”
As of Thursday evening, the fundraiser has amassed over $67,000.
Instead of using GoFundme, Fundly or any other popular crowdfunding website, both Wood and Pierce said that anybody who wants to contribute should send their donations through the #FightBack Foundation. It will be the only approved fund that can pay for Rittenhouse’s legal fees, and any other attempts to raise money for the young man should be avoided entirely.
It is unclear if Wood and Pierce will refuse to accept the funds raised for Rittenhouse’s legal fees on Give Send Go.
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