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Rittenhouse’s lawyer: “Scary” how many death threats were received during the trial

Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyer, Mark Richards, said his client, lawyers and prosecutors faced death threats during a murder trial.

After a jury acquitted 18-year-old Rittenhouse of all the charges against him, Richards told reporters after his sentencing that “everyone in this case” had received death threats.

“And when I say that I mean prosecution, defense, I’m scared how many death threats we had,” he said.

The lawyer recalled one case when he answered a phone call when he was returning home from the Kenosha courthouse, and he was threatened with death. After the third, Richards said he had stopped answering his phone calls.

There were also unconfirmed reports that Judge Bruce Schroeder and his children received death threats throughout the trial. Schroeder did not mention this during the trial, and the Kenoshi Police Department did not issue a statement on the matter.

Richards answered questions Friday about whether Rittenhouse should waive his Fifth Amendment right and testified last week.

“At certain times we wondered if we would wear it. We had a mock jury, and we made two different jurors, one of which he testified and the other without his testimony. It was much better when he testified, ”Richards told reporters.

“But in Wisconsin, if you don’t put the client on defense, you’ll lose. Period, added Richards, without going into details.

Rittenhouse reacts and hugs
Kyle Rittenhouse (right) hugs his lawyer after he was found not guilty of all charges at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in a still from video filmed on November 19, 2021 (pool via CBS, Reuters / Screenshot via NTD)

Rittenhouse was charged with killing two men and wounding a third on the night of August 25, 2020, in the midst of protests, riots and violence. On the most serious charges, Rittenhouse was sentenced to life in prison.

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Rittenhouse revealed last week that he believed the man he shot first, Joseph Rosenbaum, indicted him and confiscated his AR-15-style firearms, largely corroborated by several videos of the incident.

“If I had let Mr. Rosenbaum take my firearm away from me, he would have used it and killed me with it, and probably would have killed more people if I had let him take my gun,” Rittenhouse said in cross-examination. “I had no intention of killing them. I intended to stop the people attacking me, ”he said in the courtroom.

Prosecutor Thomas Binger, however, argued that the grainy drone video evidence allegedly showed Rittenhouse aiming his firearms at the protesters, and argued that the teen provoked the crowd, meaning he could not demand self-defense under Wisconsin law.

Following the verdict, Binger said Friday that while his team was “disappointed with the verdict,” the jury’s decision “must be respected.”

“We are grateful to the members of the jury for their painstaking and thoughtful discussion. The Kenosha community has gone through a lot in the past 15 months, but we remain steadfast and strong. We ask our community members to continue to express their views and feelings about this verdict in a civil and peaceful manner, ”Binger said in full.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter for The Epoch Times from New York.

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