Illinois Prosecutors Make a Major Announcement in the Kyle Rittenhouse Case

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In this screen grab from live stream video, Kyle Rittenhouse appears via video during a hearing at the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Waukegan, Ill., on Sept. 25, 2020, in his case. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., is fighting his return to Wisconsin to face homicide charges that could put him in prison for life. (Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court via AP)


It’s official: Kyle Rittenhouse won’t face charges — in Illinois.

As you’re no doubt aware, in the aftermath of the Jacob Blake’s police shooting, violence and chaos erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin. And on August 25, Kyle fired upon three there with a semi-automatic rifle.

One survived.

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The 17-year-old was charged with murder in Wisconsin.

But what of Illinois, his state of residence?

A decision’s been made.

From The Associated Press:


[Rittenhouse] will not face charges in…Illinois, prosecutors said Tuesday.

An investigation revealed the gun used in the Kenosha shooting was purchased, stored and used in Wisconsin, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said. There is no evidence the gun was ever physically possessed by Kyle Rittenhouse in Illinois, it said.

The Antioch teen is being detained without bond at a juvenile center in his home state’s Lake County.

Criminal charges in the state of incident are pending, and he’s expected back in court on October 30th for discussion of extradition.

As for that, his lawyers told a judge Friday that shipping him to Wisconsin for trial “would be to turn him over to the mob.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s already signed off on the extradition, but Rittenhouse attorney John Pierce pointed to Joe Biden as a reason to slow the process:

“There is no reason to rush. There is danger to this detainee. There is a presidential candidate in the heat of the most heated election ever, certainly since 1860, that has inflamed the situation. And we simply ask that this detainee’s due process rights be observed so we can challenge this in the proper way and ensure that this is a legitimate criminal prosecution and not something else.”


Indeed, Joe recently pictured Kyle in a tweet about “white supremacists” (find him at the 11-second mark).

RedState’s streiff responded:

Rittenhouse has no connection whatsoever with any white supremacist group. This claim has been widespread on the left but has been thoroughly debunked by every news organization reported on the unwarranted attack on Rittenhouse. For a campaign to float a known lie like this that could easily affect a potential jury pool is simply inexplicable beyond having a penchant for casual cruelty.

The accused’s attorney took note:

Kyle Rittenhouse’s fate remains uncertain — in Wisconsin, he’s charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.


But as for his home state, charges aren’t on the docket.



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