UPDATE: In a statement, a colleague for John Pierce denied that the attorney had contracted COVID-19.
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Attorney John Pierce, who has represented Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse as well as more than a dozen Capitol rioters, reportedly is on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19.
Pierce's illness was first reported Wednesday after it prompted a hearing for accused Capitol rioter Shane Jenkins to be delayed, according to independent journalist Marcy Wheeler and Washington Post reporter Rachel Weiner.
"Pierce is not AT this hearing, he sent the lawyer from his office who is not barred in DC again," Wheeler reported.
"Mr. Pierce is in the hospital, we believe, with COVID-19, on a ventilator, non-responsive," one of the attorneys who was present reportedly told a judge.
The judge ultimately continued the hearing until next week, saying, "Send our best wishes to Mr. Pierce and his family."
Last week, the Daily Beast reported that Pierce recently reinvented himself as "a go-to lawyer for conservative causes célèbres."
"But even as his star rises on the right, Pierce has been undermined by a bizarre tweet appearing to threaten federal officials, an employee facing felony charges for allegedly defrauding a grandmother, and his own financial woes," the Daily Beast reported.
Jenkins, the Capitol rioter, was recently denied release after a judge determined he represents a danger to the community and a flight risk. He allegedly destroyed property while trying to break into the Capitol, and threw a flagpole and desk drawer at police.
On his Twitter account, Pierce posted several messages stating his opposition to vaccines and mask mandates:
@KarenWalker2020 Not sure actually. All I know is the entire 82nd Airborne couldn’t make me get an experimental gov… https://t.co/HiA2pvM0ma— John Pierce (@John Pierce) 1629239487.0
This is absolutely a final-phase designed-purge of Patriotic Americans from the Army. Prepare for anything and ever… https://t.co/2zXiyX2FAB— John Pierce (@John Pierce) 1625447637.0