Kyle Rittenhouse Back in Court as Argument Over Extradition Continues
Kyle Rittenhouse has appeared in court as his lawyers continue their efforts to extradite him to Wisconsin for trial as an adult.
The 17-year-old arrested for the murder of 2 people during the protests against the shooting in Jacob blake in Kenosha, WI was briefly back in court Friday morning, where his lawyers are fighting to keep him in his home state of Illinois … instead of sending him back to Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse’s legal team said this case is a “very unique and extraordinary situation” and argued that there are issues with prosecutors’ extradition documents which suggest “it is about a political pursuit “.
Defense attorneys also argued that the extradition would violate Rittenhouse’s constitutional rights and “hand him over to the mob” … and claimed his life would be in danger if he was jailed with adults in Wisconsin.
Prosecutors accused the defense of intentionally delaying the case, but the judge gave Rittenhouse lawyers more time before an extradition decision was made. There will be another hearing later this month.
The teenager from Antioch, IL is accused of killing 2 people and injuring a third on August 25. He was charged with intentional first degree homicide and reckless first degree homicide. If found guilty, he looks at a mandatory life imprisonment.
As we have reported … Rittenhouse traveled approximately 21 miles from Antioch to Kenosha – armed with a semi-automatic rifle – to join armed vigilantes fighting the rioters. Video showed him running down the street with his gun as witnesses told cops about it he shot someone.
After falling to the ground and appearing to be accosted by others, cops say he opened fire … killing two people and injuring another.
Rittenhouse’s legal team is pitching his case not just as self-defense, but as a “political prosecution” instead of a legitimate criminal case. They have launched a campaign portraying him as a brave patriot – when many see him as a suspected domestic terrorist.
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