Lin Wood Accused of Leaving Kyle Rittenhouse in Jail to Raise Money

Controversial attorney Lin Wood has been accused of keeping Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of murder, in jail in order to raise money.

Wendy Rittenhouse hit out at Trump loyalist Wood, whom she accused of keeping her son Kyle, 18, in jail in order to raise funds, according to The New Yorker.

The report claimed Wood's #FightBack campaign, which had been established to raise funds for Rittenhouse and other defendants, reached the $2 million bail mark weeks before the figure was set at a Kenosha County court in November.

Wood is arguably best known today as being an influential figure in the QAnon conspiracy theory who believes that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. According to The New Yorker, Wood used the #FightBack campaign to define Rittenhouse as a "political prisoner" and make his legal case a cultural battle.

During an interview with Law and Crime's Objections podcast in March, Wendy Rittenhouse said of Wood and of right-wing activist and civil lawyer John Pierce—whom Kyle Rittenhouse fired in February—of failing to defend her son and using him to make money.

She said: "They used Kyle to gain money, gain Twitter followers. I felt now they didn't care about Kyle."

According to The New Yorker, Wood called the notion of keeping Rittenhouse in jail in order to raise funds "blatantly false."

Wendy also said in the Objections podcast that Wood believed Rittenhouse would be safer in an Illinois youth facility as he believed "Armageddon" was approaching.

She added: "He told me that my son would be safe in jail because he thought that on the night of the election...that there was going to be Armageddon going to happen and Kyle was safer in jail.

"I told Lin, 'I want my son home. He needs to be home with his family. He needs to be home with his mom and his two sisters and he goes, 'He's safer there.'"

Kyle Rittenhouse was later released from detention on November 20 after the $2 million bail had been raised through the #Fightback campaign.

The then 17-year-old, from Antioch, Illinois, was arrested after three people were shot, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.

Rittenhouse is alleged to have shot dead Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and seriously injured Gaige Grosskreutz.

Wood had originally represented Rittenhouse in the criminal trial, although he has now parted with the family.

Attorney Mark Richards will now represent the teenager when his case goes to trial later this year.

Rittenhouse's trial is set to begin on November 1. He is charged with first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree homicide and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.

The teenager, who will be tried as an adult, has pleaded not guilty to all charges put against him.

Newsweek has contacted Lin Wood for comment.

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Lin Wood at a press conference outside Eagle County Justice Center September 1, 2004 in Eagle, Colorado. Wood is accused of keeping Kyle Rittenhouse in jail in order to raise funds for his #FightBack campaign. Stephen Chernin