Kyle Rittenhouse lawyer steps away from Wisconsin protest-shooting criminal case
KENOSHA, Wis. — An attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse indicated Thursday that he’d pull back from the teen’s criminal defense, hours after prosecutors in Wisconsin sought to block him from participating and alleged in a court filing that his involvement with a fundraising effort “provides ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud.” Los Angeles civil lawyer John M. Pierce has been the public face of the 17-year-old’s defense against a murder charge and other counts in the three months since the teen fatally shot two men and wounded a third during summer protests in Kenosha. He also has been an en...
FBI refuses to give records of its 'ongoing criminal investigation' into Jussie Smollett attack to Chicago; lawyers for actor fail to get state case dismissed
CHICAGO — The FBI has refused to turn over records of its investigation into the alleged hoax attack on actor Jussie Smollett to the city of Chicago, arguing that doing so could jeopardize an “ongoing criminal investigation,” records filed in federal court show.And in Cook County court Thursday, a judge shot down Smollett’s latest attempt to get his criminal case brought by a special prosecutor thrown out.The FBI development came as part of a lawsuit filed by the city against Smollett seeking to recoup $130,000 in Chicago police overtime spent investigating the January 2019 incident, which ign...