Ex-Sandman lawyer vows exoneration for Kyle Rittenhouse
The lawyer for 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, the accused shooter in the death of two Kenosha protesters who attacked him, says that Rittenhouse will be exonerated and justice will be served.
“Thanks to ALL Freedom Loving Americans who responded to requests for contact information on Kyle Rittenhouse,” said attorney Lin Wood via Twitter. “We have connected with Kyle’s family & help is on the way. Kyle will have excellent legal representation. We owe him a legal defense.”
“Many others will need your help in coming days,” he added. “Stay strong. Continue to speak truth. Continue to demand justice under our Constitution. Continue to be fearless.”
“Wood is a nationally prominent defamation lawyer who helped a Covington Catholic High School student sue CNN, The Washington Post and other media companies in 2019 over alleged ‘vicious’ and ‘direct attacks,’” says USA Today.
A public defender has represented Rittenhouse in his extradition proceedings, but others will join the team for the murder proceedings.
USA Today reports that a legal team from the #FightBack Foundation said it will be part of Rittenhouse’s defense team.
“Rittenhouse, 17, is due in court Friday in his home state of Illinois,” says the New York Post, “where he was arrested Wednesday after fleeing Kenosha, where he allegedly shot three protesters, killing two. The teenager was part of an armed militia group that sought to protect Kenosha businesses from violent protests in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake in the city on Sunday.”
Alleged footage shows Rittenhouse being chased into a car lot by someone before shots are heard and the chaser lies dead.
Rittenhouse then runs down the street, where he is attacked by several people shouting he just shot someone. He is taken to the ground by the assailants and fires as several people who attack him, killing another man and injuring a third.
“The two men who were killed have been identified as Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, of Kenosha, and Anthony Huber, 26, of Silver Lake, about 15 miles west of the city,” says the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
Photos of Rittenhouse taken before the shooting show him cleaning graffiti off a local Kenosha public school.
“Kyle…launched a campaign for ‘Humanizing the Badge’, a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting law enforcement, in December 2018, according to old social media posts,” says the Daily Mail. “The teenager asked friends to donate to the charity, which he said sought to ‘forge stronger relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.’”
Rittenhouse faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless endangerment.
He was expected to appear in court today in Waukegan, IL for extradition to Wisconsin to face the charges. His attorneys asked for a delay in extradition proceedings, which the court granted.
Extradition between states is a formality in the U.S. but could be a lengthy process if defense attorneys try to challenge the extradition.
They might do so to help tempers cool after a notorious case or to let more information develop about the case.
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