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Popular Rittenhouse Witness Rebukes Personal Attacks From Ziminski’s Lawyer

Nathan DeBruin (35) of Kenosha, WI (Photo by Kevin Mathewson)


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Nathan (#photochad) DeBruin, is a Kenosha freelance photographer, known for being a popular witness in the Rittenhouse murder trial. He took hundreds of photos during the Kenosha riots of 2020. These photos included evidence of arson and other crimes. DeBruin told the Kenosha County Eye that he is “disappointed” with Kenosha Defense Attorney Michael Barth. Today, Barth filed a three-page motion in Kenosha Circuit Court asking Judge Schroeder to lower the bond of his client, Joshua Ziminski. Ziminski was scheduled to go to trial yesterday for multiple charges involving rioting including arson. While walking into the court house at 8:45am, there was an exchange between Ziminski, and DeBruin, a witness subpoenaed to testify against him at trial. DeBruin told Deputies immediately and notified his attorney, Terry Rose. Rose told Judge Schroeder about this incident telling him that Ziminski yelled at DeBruin to stop multiple times and repeated that he wanted to see a large photo that DeBruin held. “That’s not me in the photo!” Ziminski allegedly said. DeBruin felt intimidated by Ziminski, who stands at 6′ 5″ with satanic tattoos on his face, neck and head. DeBruin was visibly shaking when he met up with his attorney outside the court room.

Joshua Ziminski

Rose told the judge what had happened, and Schroeder ordered a nearby deputy to take Ziminski into custody on a $14,000 bond.

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DeBruin said, “Ziminski was clearly trying to intimidate me. Although I was taken by surprise and shaken up, I want the community to know I will not be intimidated by him either while in jail, or not. I was subpoenaed to testify and tell the truth and that is exactly what I plan to do.”

Kenosha Defense Attorney Michael Barth (Photo by Kevin Mathewson)


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In his 3-page motion to reduce Ziminski’s bond from $14,000 to $1,000, Barth launched several serious attacks against DeBruin. He suggests that DeBruin made up the incident to garner sympathy to raise money for personal gain saying:

“Unfortunately Ziminski was not given the opportunity to show the Court that DeBruin has used his status as a witness in the Rittenhouse and the Ziminski cases to crowd source for money.”

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“That’s completely false. I am not trying to profit from this. I’m just trying to get by,” said DeBruin. “I watched a man lose his life, and another get seriously injured less than 6 feet from by eyes. Since then, I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD. I’ve been seeing a therapist and the treatment is expensive. With the new year, I now have another deductible to meet.” DeBruin met with prosecutor T. Clair Binger before the Rittenhouse trial and he felt intimidated when he was asked to change his statement and refused. Then, during the trial, DeBruin was badgered by ADA James Kraus. After the trial, DeBruin also told us about multiple occasions while at work when he was cornered and threatened by strangers. “You support a murderer!” a random woman and her husband shouted after they cornered DeBruin in a retail store where he was working. Even while off the clock, DeBruin was harassed many times in public. DeBruin remembered an incident when he was eating dinner with his long-time girlfriend at a local restaurant when another table told his waitress not to serve him. “I have received a lot of support from strangers as well, but my mental health was starting to diminish.” DeBruin then took an unpaid leave from from his full-time job as a retail merchandiser. He would eventually get short-term disability but it was less than half his normal salary. His long-time live-in girlfriend is now working three jobs to help living expenses. “My community and people from all over the world graciously donated money to me to help me get by during the absolute toughest time in my life. I may look upbeat and happy all of the time, but inside, I’m hurting a lot.”

Today, Kyle Rittenhouse’s team donated $1,000 to DeBruin’s living expenses saying “Stay fearless. Don’t let these punks intimidate you. Thank you for being the principled man you are.”

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DeBruin is hoping that his mental health treatment will be successful enough so that he can return to work, but for now, he says he wants to get well.

We obtained the video footage from the courthouse and the video does support DeBruin’s account of what happened. This author was a witness and took video as well as DeBruin’s girlfriend. The incident is under review and the Sheriff’s department is investigating. ADA T. Clair Binger will decide if Ziminski will face additional charges.

If you want to help Nathan and his family, please use this link.



  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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7 Responses

  1. Attorney Michael Barth quite possible isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

    Clearly visible from video of Ziminski approaching Nathan, a witness hearing Zaminski yelling at Nathan to “Stop.” Mr. Barth just may have put his foot into a giant pile of slander accusing Nathan of inventing this story for profit.

    Possibly Mr. Barth should consider retaining a real Attorney for himself. Slander, inflicting further emotional duress comes to mind. I’m sure Nathan’s Attorney can find other possible legal infractions Barth has made.

    Seems like quite the bottom dweller as an Attorney.

    I believe Attorney Michael Barth just intimidated a witness with his lame 3 page script he wrote which he knows is untruthful or he’s as dumb as a bag of hammers. Arrest this man!

    1. Statements made in litigation filings enjoy what is known as “litigation privilege” meaning that anything goes. That being said, for an attorney to make what would otherwise be considered defamatory statements in litigation is considered a highly unscrupulous thing for an attorney to do.

  2. You mentioned in this article that, “We obtained the video footage from the courthouse and the video does support DeBruin’s account of what happened.“

    Though you didn’t mention, This author witnessed what would happen next. Ziminski changed course and approached DeBruin. He shouted at DeBruin to
    “stop!” multiple times and would yell “let me see the
    photo! That’s not me in the photo!”

    Are you filing a police report on your above statement that you wrote and witnessed in addition to the courthouse cameras which supports DeBruin’s account of what happened? Strange you left that out since you are the primary witness that heard the exchange. You should file a report so this guy gets charged.

    1. I told Binger that I was a witness less than 10 minutes after the incident occurred. I sent him the video and told him I would write a statement but I have not heard back from him, of course.

  3. Defending a demon possessed Charles Manson JR will score a lot of points on Atty Michael Barth’s Resume’.
    May God bless Nathan DeBruin ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  4. barth is pathetic. just an empty shell of a man.
    barth has sold his soul. either barth is an idiot(which i kinda doubt because if you are retarded it is almost impossible to graduate law school/pass bar), or he is just a pussy coward selling out. wow- another officer of the court who has no conscience- maybe he is kin to backdoor blinger- but he looks more like lunchbox- bless his heart- oh wait- does he have a heart?

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