Pierce did not disclose whether his hospitalization was simply because of Covid-19. But an associate of his beforehand reported he was sick with the virus, and the Justice Office had alerted judges past 7 days he appeared to be out with Covid-19.
The DOJ experienced lifted the issue due to the fact it claimed his cases were being at a standstill with an unqualified affiliate of his stepping in.
Pierce defended the associate, Ryan Marshall, who is not admitted to observe regulation, in the letter.
“The morning I went into the medical center was exceptionally chaotic. Mr. Marshall was simply just passing alongside his best and genuine comprehension of the instances bordering my hospitalization,” Pierce wrote to the DC District Court docket on Wednesday.
Pierce, from his Los Angeles-primarily based legislation company, Pierce Bainbridge, experienced taken on defending some of the most significant-profile alleged Capitol rioters, which include some accused of conspiring with the Oath Keepers or the Proud Boys extremist teams, the son of a ideal-wing media founder, a church leader who brought a group to the January 6 rallies and a male accused of breaking a window, assaulting law enforcement and carrying a tomahawk in the Capitol.
Some of his Capitol riot defendants have extra other lawyers because Pierce’s hospitalization.
One particular defendant who experienced employed Pierce, Deborah Lynn Lee, “expressed problems about her lawful illustration” on September 2, according to court data, and was supplied a new court docket-appointed legal professional.