A memo filed by the U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. claims a Fayette County man has been improperly appearing as counsel for more than a dozen suspects in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The filing claims John Pierce, the attorney for 17 defendants, is in the hospital battling COVID-19 and has been unresponsive. The U.S. Attorney said Ryan Marshall, 31, has appeared on behalf of Pierce multiple times in the past week, but officials are now saying Marshall is not a licensed attorney.
The 31-year-old is currently facing a long list of charges in Fayette County stemming from multiple incidents while he was working as a law clerk in the Fayette County Courthouse. According to court documents, Marshall is accused of falsifying court documents and tampering with evidence as part of a scheme to defraud an elderly woman. Marshall is also accused of illegally recording court proceedings.
Fayette County District Attorney Rich Bower said he recently had to file a motion to have Marshall’s passport taken because of a post on social media.
“We received information posted on Facebook that he had supposedly started working for a law firm in Panama, the country of Panama,” Bower said.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reached Marshall at his home Friday, but he declined to comment. It’s not clear if he will face charges for appearing in court without a license to practice law.
Prosecutors have raised concerns about Marshall’s actions and the impact they could have on the federal cases.