The anti-vax lawyer representing January 6 rioters has suddenly gone missing - 2021-08-31
John Pierce, the right-wing lawyer representing 17 defendants accused of storming the Capitol, has failed to appear at several court appearances over the past week, prompting the Justice Department to issue a rare warning that Pierce's sudden disappearance could jeopardize his clients' cases.
The filling on Monday pointed to reports, as well as an explanation from Pierce's colleague Ryan Marshall, indicating that Pierce, an outspoken anti-vaxxer, is seriously ill from COVID-19 and possibly unresponsive on a ventilator.
"The US. Attorney's Office has had no contact with Mr. Pierce—by phone, email, or otherwise—since Monday, August 23, 2021, when he appeared for a hearing before the Honorable Paul L. Friedman in United States v. Jeremiah Caplinger," the filing on Monday read. "Since that time, the U.S. Attorney's Office has heard conflicting information about Mr. Pierce's health and whereabouts."