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.