Grifters Gotta Grift (Maybe?)

The Stupid Coup

Guys,  the Proud Boys and other weak-brained insurrectionists have misplaced their noted ambulance chaser defender John Pierce, last seen being fired by vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse after some financial shenanigans!!1!

How careless! Have they checked the sofa cushions?

  • John Pierce — a lawyer representing 17 criminal defendants in Jan. 6 Capitol riot cases — has gone missing from court appearances amid excuses that include a claim he is hospitalized with Covid-19.
  • Pierce’s clients include members of far-right Proud Boys and Oath Keepers groups.
  • Prosecutors warned a judge that Pierce associate Ryan Marshall — who has been appearing in Pierce’s absence over the past week — “is not a licensed attorney.”
  • Hundreds of people are charged with being part of a mob of supporters of then-President Trump who besieged the Capitol complex to oppose the confirmation of Joe Biden as president.

This is such a strange story.

Lawyer John Pierce — who is representing 17 criminal defendants in Capitol riot cases — has gone missing from court appearances amid conflicting excuses that include a claim he is hospitalized with Covid and is on a ventilator, a court filing says.

And no one knows which hospital? Really? Have they tried calling his office?

When CNBC called the main office phone number of Pierce’s firm on Tuesday, a recording said, “The number you called is not in service.”

Pierce did not answer a phone number given for him on the court’s docket. A message on that phone number said its voice mail had not been set up. Pierce did not immediately respond to an email query.

CNBC has left a message seeking comment with his firm on its online contact form.

So what happens to his clients?

Federal prosecutors warned a judge in the filing that Pierce associate Ryan Marshall — who has been appearing in Pierce’s absence over the past week — “is not a licensed attorney.” Marshall also faces pending two separate felony criminal cases against him personally in Pennsylvania, the prosecutors said.

As a result, “Mr. Marshall cannot ethically or legally represent Mr. Pierce’s clients,” prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia told the judge in Monday’s filing, which was made in the case of riot defendant James Burton McGrew.

“The United States thus finds itself in a position where this defendant and 16 other defendants charged in connection with the Capitol Riot appear to be effectively without counsel,” prosecutors wrote Chief Judge Beryl Howell of Washington federal court.

Now I suppose that they can move out the schedule until someone finds this dude, or the defendants could find another lawyer, or maybe one could be appointed or something?

“From the government’s perspective, given Mr. Pierce’s reported illness and the fact that Mr. Marshall is not a licensed attorney, this case is effectively at a standstill,” the filing said.

Prosecutors wrote that while ‘”Marshall has been the government’s main or sole point of contact for many of the defendants represented by Mr. Pierce, the government does not believe it appropriate to continue to communicate with him in Mr. Pierce’s absence, during which he would necessarily be acting without supervision by a licensed attorney.”

It’s a novel stratagem: attorney goes missing. But con men often disappear with the money.

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10 Responses to Grifters Gotta Grift (Maybe?)

  1. Green Eagle says:

    You have to let me go- I don’t have an attorney. Now that’s a useful legal strategy, which I’ll have to remember if I’m ever a defendant in Federal court.

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  2. Redhand says:

    I just love the fact “that Pierce associate Ryan Marshall — who has been appearing in Pierce’s absence over the past week — “is not a licensed attorney.” And, that he is facing two felony counts in PA.

    And Pierce himself? Apparently an insane POS in the Lynn Wood mold.

    “Only the best people.”

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    • And those felony counts…yeesh!

      He helped some people defraud their mother/aunt when their father/uncle was in the hospital dying (natch!) of Covid. She was sick herself in a nursing care facility and when she got out, found out her husband was dead, their vehicles and many other valuables from their house were gone and their bank account drained.

      To this day she has never been told where her husband is actually buried.

      Marshall is the one who forged signatures on the power-of-attorney papers and filed them in the court…because he worked there as a clerk.

      It’s all tied into a huge corruption investigation onto that court system that’s seen nearly all the jail guards and bailiffs wrapped up in schemes to sell drugs into the jail and prison.

      It’s a shitshow wrapped in a clusterfuck situated in a dumpster fire being washed out to sea by a garbage tsunami.

      At this point, I wouldn’t actually be surprised if Marshall didn’t murder Pierce and take all the money he’s gotten.

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      • Redhand says:

        Wow! That’s some serious fraud.

        I’m actually admitted in PA, but in “inactive status” there. My home jurisdiction is NJ. But I did practice law there in the late 70s.

        Pennsylvania “enjoys” one of the worst reputations in the Nation for judicial corruption, starting with its Supreme Court. It is a cesspool.

        I started practicing in Philly, and occasionally would have to visit the City “Court of Common Pleas” clerk’s office for documents. Actually, it was the “Office of the Prothonotary,” about as antique a legal term as you’ll find anywhere: “a chief clerk in some courts of law, originally in the Byzantine court.”

        In PA the Prothonotaries are elected, as is the whole judiciary. (Hence the problem).

        The Philly Protho’s office was a hotbed of patronage. I can still remember the clerks there searching for documents and moving with astonishing slowness. To see one of them turn a page in a ledger book was like watching the grass grow.

        Even then, the whole place had a 19th Century air about it. Obviously, not much has changed.

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  3. roket says:

    ROFL. The wheels on the bus go THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! Congratulation to the 17 insurrectionists. You get a do-over. Yay.

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  4. osirisopto says:

    POP-corn! Get your fresh Hot buttered POP-corn here!

    POP-corn!

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  5. Ten Bears says:

    🎶 Go on, take the money and run
    🎶 Dude – dude – dude … oh yeah …
    🎶 Go on, take the money and run

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  6. RWW says:

    I suggest the judge appoint an attorney to represent the defendants. Bill Barr still has his license and would be perfect. His entire defense could consist of him standing up in court and doing a Ralph Kramden impression.

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  7. sos says:

    I’ll take Hookers and Blow on a Yacht for: all those MAGAt clowns are worth, Alex.

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