Rittenhouse attorney delays extradition, citing ‘massive’ video evidence of self-defense, political intervention by Democrats
The attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse cited massive video evidence and a presidential election as two reasons why Illinois courts shouldn’t send the teenager back to Wisconsin to face murder charges in an extradition hearing held this morning in suburban Chicago.
The state of Wisconsin is seeking to have Rittenhouse, 17, returned to the state to face homicide charges in the shooting death of two protesters during race riots in Kenosha, WI. Video evidence indicates that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense, supporters say.
“It’s no secret that this is a very unique extraordinary situation, there is a massive amount of video evidence that shows that beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is not a legitimate criminal prosecution, it is a political prosecution,” Rittenhouse attorney John Pierce said during the hearing, which was held via video feed according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
“There are serious issues with the extradition paperwork that in fact bolster the suggestion that this is a political prosecution. These papers were sent directly to the governor without us even getting a chance to look at them in the first instance without any notice,” Pierce said of extradition paperwork that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed off on.
Extradition law is fairly clearly established in the U.S. While the defense team can delay the extradition of Rittenhouse, eventually, he’ll be sent to Wisconsin unless the state drops the charges.
“Judge, we can respond within three days, there doesn’t need to be a briefing scheduled. The law is pretty clear cut out on this. This case has been dragging on now. We are already in October. We can have a response in three days,” said prosecutor Stephen Scheller according to Chicago’s local ABC 7.
The defense replied by saying that Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has intervened in the case, making it a “danger” to their client.
“There is a presidential candidate in the heat of arguably the most heated election perhaps ever, certainly since 1860, that has inflamed the situation,” said Pierce.
A Rittenhouse attorney is suing Biden for using video of the teenager in a campaign ad that calls him a “white supremacist.”
“To say that Kyle is a white supremacist and militia member who was responsible for the violence in Kenosha is a lie. That lie prejudices Kyle’s constitutional right to a fair trial and damages his reputation,” said attorney Lin Wood according to Newsweek.
“Joe Biden is not above the law and must be held accountable for his wrongdoing. To falsely attack a young boy for perceived political gain in a campaign ad is an entirely unacceptable rush to judgment and reflects a disdain for our country’s justice system and basic concepts of fundamental fairness.”
The hearing will most certainly drag out until after the presidential election as the judge scheduled an additional hearing on Oct. 30, refusing to make a ruling today.
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