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As Kyle Rittenhouse speaks for the first time since his acquittal, the question of who gets his $ 2 million bail hangs in the balance – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all criminal charges in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but now faces a new legal battle – who can keep the $ 2 million bond that was posted for him?

It’s a tangle of possibilities that CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar collapsed on Monday night.

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Rittenhouse spoke to Tucker Carlson on Fox News Monday night. He criticized his former defense team – saying they left him in prison longer than necessary and used him as a political pawn.

Now that defense team is suddenly back in the picture.

“I was an innocent 17-year-old who was fiercely attacked and defended himself,” Rittenhouse told Carlson.

It was the first time Rittenhouse had spoken since he was acquitted last Friday. A Wisconsin jury agreed he was acting in self-defense when he shot dead Michael Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and shot Gaige Grosskreutz, during civil unrest in Kenosha in late August 2020 that stemmed from the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha Police. .

Rittenhouse also told Carlson he was “not a racist person,” saying he supports the Black Lives Matter movement and peaceful protests. The problem was that of self-defense, he said.

“To be honest, Tucker, this case has nothing to do with race. It never had to do with racing, ”said Rittenhouse. “It had to do with the right to self-defense. “

But in the days since Rittenhouse’s release, another legal battle is brewing – and it’s a battle for money, especially the $ 2 million paid on behalf of Rittenhouse which is now up for grabs.

“There’s going to be a fight over this,” said current Rittenhouse defense attorney Mark Richards.

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Richards thinks the money should go to Rittenhouse himself.

A portion of the funds, approximately $ 500,000, were raised by Rittenhouse’s mother, Wendy Rittenhouse. But it gets complicated – the money was paid by former Rittenhouse lawyer John Pierce, and as a result Pierce has access to claim the money.

In a court file, Pierce says he doesn’t want the money and has no plans to get it back.

But along with Pierce, another ex-lawyer for Rittenhouse was Lin Wood. Wood says the money was raised by his right-wing Fight Back foundation, and says the money belongs to him.

“Being used for a cause by John Pierce and Lin Wood – trying to solicit, not solicit, trying to raise money so they can take it for their own benefit, not trying to free me,” Rittenhouse said .

Rittenhouse also said he doesn’t think he should ever have been a leading figure in a cause.

“People who use me for a cause, it should never have been used for a cause,” he said. “It wasn’t Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Wisconsin. It was the right to self-defense during a trial.

Richards, the defense attorney who ultimately represented Rittenhouse in his criminal case, was asked what he believed to have been the turning point of the whole case. His response was to get rid of Rittenhouse’s first two lawyers.

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Again, it is not clear who will end up with this money.

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