Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty on all charges in homicide trial
Protests across the US followed the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse after a jury found him not guilty on all five counts in his homicide trial after four days of jury deliberations.
noticeable officials and families of victims urged for peaceful displays. “We ask that all members of the public accept the verdicts peacefully and not resort to violence,” Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley additional in a statement on Friday.
Right-wing figures famous the decision, with Republican US Rep Madison Cawthorn offering Mr Rittenhouse an internship and telling supporters to “be armed, be dangerous, and be moral” while exercising the right to self-defense.
Mr Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Mark Richards criticised GOP attempts to “trade on his celebrity”.
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson will interview Mr Rittenhouse on Monday, and the network is set to air a documentary-style film about the trial in December. Mr Richards told CNN on Friday that he did not approve of a film crew embedding with the legal team.
Mr Rittenhouse faced five felony charges for shooting three men in the aftermath of police brutality protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin on 25 August 2020.
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Lessons to learn from Rittenhouse trial for other self defense situations
Following the recent jury verdict that Kyle Rittenhouse was acting in self defense when he shot two men dead, commentators are reassessing the expected outcome of other trials.
In Georgia, three men stand trail for killing Ahmaud Arbery, something they claim they did in self defense.
The verdict in that case is expected as soon as next week, with the closing arguments being heard on Monday.
William Bryan, Greg McMichael and his son Travis McMichael are charged with the murder of the 25-year-old Arbery. Prosecutors say they chased and shot Arbery to death as he took a Sunday afternoon job in February last year.
The consequence of Rittenhouse’s trial has caused activists to doubt the American justice system and some have been drawing parallels between the two situations.
“Is there any real justice in this system?” Barbara Arnwine, an activist who was attending the Arbery trial, told The Washington Post following Rittenhouse’s acquittal.
Others who were stood outside the Arbery trial, reacted to the news in the Rittenhouse case. Armiah Crawford told NPR: “If he can get off with that, then what can anybody else get off with? That’s crazy”.
Ahmaud’s father, Marcus Arbery, said: “It just scare you about this justice system. This world ain’t going to never get right till this justice system get right and be fair and start putting these people in jail behind this unnecessary killing.”
Holly Bancroft21 November 2021 08:04
Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney calls Trump Jr an ‘idiot’ for offering the teen free guns
Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney Mark Richards criticised Trump Jr and other Republicans trying to profit on the recent verdict.
Richards said he was unhappy with Republican party members such as Paul Gosar, Matt Gaetz and Madison Cawthorn offering Rittenhouse an internship.
“They’re raising money on it and you have all these Republican congressmen saying come work for me,” Rittenhouse’s attorney told Insider. “They want to trade on his celebrity and I think it’s disgusting.”
Richards also called out Trump Jr. for tweeting about a gun rights organisation wanting to award Rittenhouse with another AR-15 in a now-deleted tweet.
“He’s an idiot,” Richards said. “I don’t have to expand on that because it speaks for itself.”
Peony Hirwani21 November 2021 05:30
Fox News says the network did not pay the teenager’s family for any special access during trial
A Fox News executive said on Saturday that the network did not pay Kyle Rittenhouse’s family for any special access during the teen’s murder trial or after his acquittal, after it was announced that he would speak to Tucker Carlson for an interview to air on Monday.
Peony Hirwani21 November 2021 04:15
Fox News is to air documentary about Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial
Hours after a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on charges of homicide, Fox News personality Tucker Carlson announced that he will not only interview the teenager but air a documentary about him.
On 19 November, the large number of Tucker Carlson Tonight revealed that a film crew had followed the 18-year-old during the trial, although defence attorney Mark Richards told CNN that he did “not approve of that”.
“I threw them out of the room several times,” Mr Richards said on Friday following the verdict. “I don’t think a film crew is appropriate for something like this.”
Alex Woodward has the complete story
Peony Hirwani21 November 2021 03:33
What’s next for Kyle Rittenhouse?
After avoiding a possible life behind bars, Kyle Rittenhouse left Kenosha courthouse a free man to pursue a possible life of either nursing, politics or relative anonymity.
But his acquittal of first-degree intentional homicide may not end his legal woes as a battle brews over who gets the $2m raised for his bond, and his case is referred to the Department of Justice for possible federal charges.
closest after the verdict, defence attorney Mark Richards said Mr Rittenhouse would likely leave Wisconsin, move to a new area, and fade into obscurity as the intense national media attention subsides.
Katy Clifton21 November 2021 01:13
Windows smashed in downtown Portland Rittenhouse protest
Law enforcement in Portland Friday night declared a riot as about 200 demonstrators protested the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse who killed two people and injured another in Wisconsin.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said the protesters were breaking windows, throwing objects at police and talking about burning down a local government building in downtown Portland, KOIN TV reported, but the crowd had distributed by about 11 p.m.
Several people were given citations, the Portland Police Bureau said, but only one person who had an noticeable warrant from another matter was arrested.
Emily Atkinson21 November 2021 00:15
Rittenhouse attorney says he is overwhelmed with death threats
Kyle Rittenhouse defense attorney Mark Richards told Insider that he “can’t count” the number of death threats he has received because they’re “too high”.
“I would love for things to change, for people to talk to one another without fighting, but, unfortunately, I don’t see it changing it any time soon,” he told the website.
He said after his client was acquitted on Friday in Kenosha and he “started answering my phone, the first three calls were death threats, and I just quit answering my phone,” he said.
“I’m going by my emails, there are threatening emails too,” he said.
Alex Woodward20 November 2021 21:51
Nearly half of Americans do not sustain stricter gun laws, poll finds
approximately 49 per cent of Americans oppose stricter gun laws, while 45 percent are in sustain, according to a Quinnipiac University poll from earlier this month.
The results fall largely along partisan lines: 84 per cent of Republicans oppose restrictions on guns, while 91 per cent of Democrats sustain them.
For the first time since December 2015, fewer than 50 per cent of American voters sustain stricter gun laws. Among registered voters, 48 per cent oppose them, while 47 per cent are in sustain.
Alex Woodward20 November 2021 21:30
Rittenhouse attorney says GOP lawmakers are trying to ‘profit’ from client
Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Mark Richards told Insider that he believes it is “disgusting” that noticeable GOP officials are “trying to profit” from his client’s case and acquittal.
“There’s a lot of people trying to profit on this, and I don’t think people should,” he told Insider.
“They’re raising money on it and you have all these Republican congressmen saying, ‘Come work for me.’ … They want to trade on his celebrity and I think it’s disgusting.”
His comment follow extensive celebration among Republican officials following a not guilty verdict in Mr Rittenhouse’s double homicide trial, including three members of Congress suggesting that Mr Rittenhouse be their intern.
Alex Woodward20 November 2021 21:10
Rittenhouse attorney: ‘Too many people run around with guns in our society’
During his turn up on CNN on Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards said he believes “too many people run around with guns in our society.”
CNN great number Chris Cuomo asked whether he believes it has become “too easy” to shoot people relying on claims of self-defense against prosecutors’ high burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they were invalid.
“I represent a lot of people who have legal conceal carry permits who get into it, they pull the gun and there’s problems from there, whether they’re under the influence of alcohol or they use it to threaten somebody,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “I wish our society wasn’t perceived as being so dangerous that people needed to arm themselves.”
He additional: “I’m old enough when I remember you couldn’t carry a gun.”
Mr Richards – who was hired by Mr Rittenhouse’s past attorneys, including election fraud conspiracy theorist Lin Wood – told the Associated Press that he did not join the case as “somebody to go off on a crusade.”
“They wanted to use Kyle for a cause and something that I think was inappropriate – and I don’t represent causes. I represent clients,” he said.
Mr Rittenhouse’s attorneys successfully argued to jurors that their client fired his AR-15-style rifle to protect himself in self-defense against a violent mob that has chased after him.
Alex Woodward20 November 2021 20:27
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