Another strange development in the January 6th case has occurred.
A lawyer representing seventeen of the defendants has vanished.
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And he’s been missing for 17 days now, with no one seeming to know what’s going on.
Defense lawyer John Pierce, who represents 17 defendants indicted in connection with the Capitol disturbance on Jan. 6, has been missing for a week, according to UPI.
Pierce has not been heard from by the US Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia “by phone, email, or otherwise” for a week, according to a filing Monday.
Pierce last appeared in court on Aug. 23 in the case of U.S. Capitol riot defendant Jeramiah Caplinger, a Michigan resident who was photographed and videotaped breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6 while wearing a red “Trump 2020” hat and waving a flag on a long branch.
Pierce did not show up for Nathaniel DeGrave’s planned status hearing on Aug. 24. DeGrave was arrested in Las Vegas earlier this year and indicted on nine counts related to the Capitol breach, for which he pled not guilty.
Instead, Ryan Marshall — an associate from Mr. Pierce’s law firm who is not a licensed attorney — appeared in Mr. Pierce’s place, according to the court filing, and Marshall has continued to appear in Mr. Pierce’s place.
According to the complaint, Pierce was absent on August 24 “due to a conflict.” In another example, Marshall informed a prosecutor that Pierce “had been in an accident and was on his way to the hospital” a few hours later.
However, reports of his whereabouts are contradicting; some say he was in an accident, while others say he has COVID; one source claims he was on a “ventilator,” while another claims this is not the case.
In the end, it appears that no one knows what happened to him.
When you consider all of the questions, politics, and mystery surrounding the January 6th event, it’s strange and eerie.
Pierce was also a member of Kyle Rittenhouse’s legal team at one point.
Strangely enough, it appears that we require “evidence of life” at this stage to ensure that he is actually alive.