Monday, December 6, 2021

Rittenhouse not entitled to bail money, ex-lawyer says - NEWS10 ABC

(NewsNation) — One of Kyle Rittenhouse’s former attorneys confirmed he is trying to get the $2 million he helped raise for the 18-year-old’s bail payment back for his organization, and he said tax law forbids him from simply giving it to Rittenhouse.

Lin Wood, a controversial defamation attorney, raised money through his FightBack Foundation to pay Rittenhouse’s bail last year. He said his foundation’s status as a 501(c)(3) charity means he cannot give the money to Rittenhouse.

“If I could I would do it,” Wood said. He said he would like to use the money to help Rittenhouse with his legal bills and is still open to doing so. However, he said he could not provide Rittenhouse with any money that doesn’t pay for part of his defense.

Rittenhouse said he wasn’t sure how much money he still had to pay. He said that the foundation was filing a motion in court to get it back in the moments before he was acquitted. “He just was trying to grift that money back when he said he raised it for so I can be able to pay my legal bills,” he said.

Some, including Rittenhouse’s current attorney, Mark Richards, argue Rittenhouse is entitled to some of the returned bail money because it was partly comprised of other donations in his name. Rittenhouse’s current attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment left Wednesday night, but Richards said after the verdict, “There’s going to be a fight over that.”

Wood counters that his organization actually spent $2.7 million on...

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