Defense attorney: Rittenhouse feared for his life in Kenosha
A veteran defense attorney for the Sen. Ted Cruz campaign said Friday he was being “summarily liquidated” and feared for his life last fall in Kenosha, his home county.
Michael Deutsch was one of several attorneys laid off Thursday from the firm where he was a partner. He told the Associated Press that he was working for Cruz’s campaign in Kenosha as a consultant when he was surprised when phone calls came from executives at a law firm in Chicago.
The partners with the firm, Deutsch said, informed him the offices would be closed.
“They said this wasn’t good, this wasn’t safe, and you must sign a resignation letter,” he said. “The day was, I’m filing.”
Deutsch, a Democrat who has represented a slew of major politicians, said he spoke to an owner of the firm for one minute and the phone cut off, and another attorney told him to gather a handful of things he would need to leave and drive to Chicago. He said he had family in Chicago to stay with while at the law firm, and he decided to sign the resignation letter to prevent finding out about the decision later.
“I could have joined a red state firm and worked for a strong opponent of Cruz’s who would work for me,” Deutsch said.
Deutsch said he worked on Cruz’s announcement speech and then volunteered a lot of work. He spoke with one of the assistant attorneys in Kenosha Friday about the situation.
“This is bad. I’m being summarily liquidated,” Deutsch said. “This, to me, has the feel of ‘Don’t mess with politics.’”
Deutsch said the law firm never gave him a letter saying they had decided to close the law firm, but he believed they announced the move during annual meetings of the firm’s members.
A message left with the firm’s Chicago office was not immediately returned.
“I strongly believe they were given as good a reason as we’ve got,” Deutsch said.