UPDATED 11:49 AM PT – Friday, October 9, 2020
Attorneys for Kyle Rittenhouse have argued that turning him over to Wisconsin prosecutors would be “turning him over to the mob.” The 17-year-old appeared for a virtual hearing Friday as his attorneys filed a petition arguing an extradition would violate his constitutional rights.
Rittenhouse has been held in Illinois since an August shooting in Kenosha left two dead and one injured. Attorney John Pierce said video evidence shows he was acting in self defense and he would be in danger if he were held in an adult jail.
“It’s no secret that this is a very unique, extraordinary situation,” Pierce explained. “There’s a massive amount of video evidence that shows that there’s beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is not a criminal prosecution, it is a political prosecution.”
His attorneys argue prosecutors didn’t follow legal technicalities required for extradition. The judge gave prosecutors seven days to respond to the petition, scheduling the next hearing for October 30.