Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney has criticised Republican lawmakers he has accused of trying to capitalise on his client and has called their behaviour “disgusting”.
He also called Donald Trump Jr an “idiot” for supporting an offer by Guns of America to give Mr Rittenhouse a free AR-15 rifle, similar to the one used by Mr Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin on 25 August, 2020.
Mark Richards, who represented Mr Rittenhouse at trial, told Insider: “He’s an idiot. I don’t have to expand on that because it speaks for itself.”
At least three members of Congress have suggested offering internships to Mr Rittenhouse following his acquittal.
“They want to trade on his celebrity and I think it’s disgusting,” Mr Richards told Insider after the verdict.
Protests across the US followed his acquittal, after a jury found him not guilty on all five counts in his homicide trial after four days of deliberations.
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.
Justin Wells, a senior executive producer of Tucker Carlson Tonight, told the Associated Press that no payment was made for access, footage rights, legal fees or any other purpose to Mr Rittenhouse or his family.
In a clip from the upcoming documentary showing Mr Rittenhouse after the verdict, he says that “the jury reached the correct verdict. Self-defense in not illegal.”
He continued: “I believe they came to the correct verdict and I’m glad that everything went well.”
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At least three members of Congress have suggested they want Kyle Rittenhouse as an intern
Republican US Reps Madison Cawthorn, Matt Gaetz and Paul Gosar have suggested they would want Kyle Rittenhouse as an intern.
On Wednesday, Mr Gaetz told conservative cable network Newsmax that Mr Rittenhouse would “make a great congressional intern”.
Donald Trump Jr: Rittenhouse is ‘guilty of murdering prosecutors career'
Donald Trump Jr has accused Wisconsin prosecutors of withholding evidence and lying “repeatedly” throughout the Rittenhouse trial in a Twitter post coming to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defence on Saturday.
He said that Mr Rittenhouse is “guilty of murdering prosecutors career” after jurors acquitted him on 19 November after he was charged with homicide for fatally shooting two people and injuring another during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.
Proud Boys defence motion in Capitol riot case points to Kyle Rittenhouse as precedent
A defence motion filed on behalf of alleged Proud Boys on the same day as the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial defended their actions in Washington DC on 6 January by comparing them to Mr Rittenhouse’s decision to patrol Kenosha streets.
Members came to the Capitol to “defend vulnerable demonstrators against violent attacks from antifa, not unlike what Kyle Rittenhouse did” in Wisconsin on 25 August 2020, according to the motion, first reported by NBC4 investigative reporter Scott MacFarlane, who was closely followed Capitol riot-linked cases.
Portland police declare ‘riot’ amid protests after polarising Rittenhouse verdict as victims plea for peace
Officials across the US and the families of victims have urged for calm as protests in several cities followed the polarising outcome in the homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.
In New York around 300 people marched and carried placards from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Bridge before crossing into lower Manhattan on Friday.
Protests in Portland, Oregon prompted officials to declare a riot. A group of “10 to 20” people in a crowd of roughly 200 protesters broke windows and tossed objects at police, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
Meanwhile, families of victims and officials in Kenosha have urged for peaceful demonstrations as healing continues in the fractured community.
Rittenhouse faced five felonies for fatally shooting two men and injuring another with an AR-15-style rifle in August 2020
Can Kyle Rittenhouse face civil penalties?
Legal experts tell NBC News that should Kyle Rittenhouse face a wrongful death lawsuit in a civil trial, he could claim self-defense as he did in his criminal trial.
The burden of proof on civil plaintiffs will need to show “a preponderance of evidence rather than beyond a reasonable doubt” which may be prove to be a lower bar for an effective civil case, unlike in the criminal case, where prosecutors faced a significant hurdle.
“In a civil case you just have to prove negligence,” Rory Little, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law, told NBC News. “Did his conduct fall below the standard of care that the average person would have?”
A civil action would also allow a jury to examine a broader range of evidence, rather than the criminal trial’s relatively narrow scope that traced the events of the shootings.
Kyle Rittenhouse attorney ‘did not approve of’ Tucker Carlson film crew embedded with team during 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.
Mr Rittenhouse was charged with five felonies after fatally shooting two men and injuring another in the volatile aftermath of police brutality protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin on 25 August, 2020.
On 19 November, the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight revealed that a film crew had followed the 18-year-old during the trial, though defense 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.”
Fox News is to air documentary about teenager’s homicide trial
What’s next for Kyle Rittenhouse?
From The Independent’s Justin Vallejo:
After avoiding a possible life behind bars, Kyle Rittenhouse left Kenosha courthouse a free man to pursue a potential 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.
Will Kyle Rittenhouse use court-sanctioned freedom to study nursing at college or intern for GOP in Congress?
GoFundMe explains why crowdfunding site removed Rittenhouse campaigns
GoFundMe removed dozens of online fundraisers for Kyle Rittenhouse after he was charged in the Kenosha shootings because such campaigns violated the company’s Terms of Service that “prohibit raising money for the legal defense of an alleged violent crime,” the company explained in a statement.
Following his acquittal on Friday, the company explained that “a fundraiser to pay lawyers, cover legal expenses or to help with ongoing living expenses for a person acquitted of those charges could remain active as long as we determine it is not in violation of any of our other terms and, for example, the purpose is clearly stated and the correct beneficiary is added to the fundraiser.”
Rittenhouse attorney: ‘Too many people run around with guns in our society'
During his appearance on CNN on Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards said he believes “too many people run around with guns in our society.”
CNN host 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 added: “I’m old enough when I remember you couldn’t carry a gun.”
Mr Richards – who was hired by Mr Rittenhouse’s previous 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.
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 prominent 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 widespread 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.
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