In 1996, security guard Richard Jewell was a suspect in the attempted bombing in Centennial Olympic Park during the Summer Olympics in Atlanta Georgia. In fact, he found the bombs and saved lives by clearing the area. Comparing Kyle Rittenhouse, who is charged with the murder of two protestors, to Jewell, attorney Lin Wood drew up a scenario in which Facebook took part in the ‘trial by media’ that had such an effect on Jewell’s life.
Lin Wood is one of the attorneys defending Kyle Rittenhouse. In a bizarre tweet comparing Rittenhouse to Richard Jewell — whose shortest bio could read “genuine hero, wrongly accused” — Wood accused Facebook (which wouldn’t exist for another four years) and Mark Zuckerberg (born in 1984, 12 at the time of Jewell’s heroism) of declaring Jewell a mass murderer and forbidding him to fundraise for his defense on the social media platform.
He followed it about ten minutes later with a clarification tweet, explaining that he was just musing on what might have happend if Facebook had been around.
This came a day after the attorney shared a Breitbart article which claims the site has deemed Rittenhouse a mass murderer and won’t allow any posts supporting him on the site. This is, notably, not even what the article actually quotes an unnamed spokesperson as saying, which is that the shooting is considered a mass murder, and that they are removing “support of the shooter.”
Notably, regardless of exactly what statement Breitbart got or how “support” is defined, Lin Wood’s own Facebook page still bears a link to his defense fund for Rittenhouse, somewhat negating claims that fundraising and support are being prevented on the social media site. Though there’s no guarantee the post won’t be removed at some later date, it is still up at this time — three days after posting, and even as Wood complains that no such post is permitted.
Wood is expressing some extra frustration with social media after he and co-counsel John Pierce each experienced brief Twitter bans. Or, as Wood describes it, he was “arrested today & confined in Twitter jail falsely accused of glorifying violence.” He says he is now free, and that Rittenhouse will soon also be free and exonerated.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com