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Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old from Illinois accused of fatally shooting two men during protests in Wisconsin last month, made his first court appearance on Friday. Rittenhouse’s attorneys said they plan to fight extradition back to Wisconsin.

Rittenhouse, wearing a blue face mask and black sweatshirt on video, appeared remotely via Zoom at a Lake County Circuit Court hearing in Illinois on Friday morning. Rittenhouse was calling from a juvenile detention center in Vernon Hills, located north of Chicago, where he has been held since he surrendered to authorities.

Rittenhouse did not speak during the hearing other than saying “Good morning, your honor” to the judge.

Rittenhouse’s attorney, John Pierce, who was also appearing remotely, said he intends to fight extradition. “We intend to challenge extradition by writ of habeas corpus,” Pierce said. Pierce added that he would need 30 days to prepare a writ of habeas corpus, according to the Star Tribune.

“There is, as you probably know, there’s an immense amount of video evidence and we really do need to be able to review that along with our client,” Pierce told Lake County Judge Paul Novak. He added that the extradition would involve “issues of some complexity, frankly that have not arisen in the country for some time.”

Judge Novak gave the defense 14 days to prepare legal filings ahead of an Oct. 9 hearing.

Mike Nerheim, the Lake County state’s attorney, said that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) had signed a warrant to return Rittenhouse to Wisconsin after a request was made by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D). Nerheim said he had received the warrant on Friday morning.

“We’re ready to proceed,” Nerheim said.

Rittenhouse has been charged as an adult charged in Kenosha County on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of attempted intentional homicide. He was also charged with recklessly endangering the safety of two other victims and possessing a weapon while under the age of 18. If convicted of first-degree homicide, Rittenhouse faces life in prison.

Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, were both shot and killed during riots in Kenosha on Aug. 25, sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, who appeared to be armed with a handgun, was shot and wounded.

Rittenhouse’s lawyers argue that he acted in self-defense.

Earlier this week, Rittenhouse’s legal team released previously unseen footage from the night of the shootings.

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7 Comments
  • Nathan M. says:

    Kyle Rittenhouse is the anti-Bradley Manning, when you think about it.

  • Gus says:

    He should fight extradition on the grounds of being POLITICALLY biased against from local governments trying to convict him for solely political purposes. He cannot receive a fair and unbiased trial in Wisconsin.

  • WaveForm says:

    “NOT Guilty”!! Free Rittenhouse!

  • Leland Roth says:

    Tucker CARLSON destroys any nonsensical reason to hold Kyle one minute longer in jail in 7 minutes!

    https://conservativefighters.org/news/watch-tucker-carlson-airs-never-before-seen-footage-from-kyle-rittenhouse-shooting-in-kenosha/

  • ERIC says:

    WHAT A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE THIS KID ACTED IN SELF DEFENSE! FUCK THE GOVERNORS OF BOTH STATES! IF THE GOV OF WI. WAS DOING HIS FUCKING JOB, ALONG W/THE MAYOR OF KENOSHA, THAT SHIT WOULD HAVE NEVER ESCALATED TO THE POINT IT HAD! MILITIAS FORM UP WHEN GOV OFFICIALS REFUSE TO DO THEIR JOBS! IT WAS NOT MURDER AT ALL! & FUCK THE 2 SCUMBAGS WHO DIED! ONE WAS A PEDO, & THE OTHER A RAPIST OF MURDERER! HE DID THE STATE A FAVOR! & FUCK THE ASSWIPE HE SHOT THE ARM OFF OF TOO! WE NEED TO RAISE $ FOR THIS KID TO GET HIM A DAMN GOOD LAWYER! CALL THE ACLJ! (AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW & JUSTICE) WHICH IS NOT AT ALL A PART OF THE ACLU! I’D HIRE JORDAN OR HIS BRO JAY SEKULOW TO DEFEND THIS KID IF I WAS RICH! BUT, MAYBE THEY CAN HELP HIM OUT ANYWAY!

  • Steve Menice Sr says:

    He’s not being prosecuted for 2 murders, he’s being persecuted for killing two BLMs which is a politically protective class.

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