Rittenhouse attorneys say extradition would ‘turn him over to mob’


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 Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Rittenhouse, who 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. (Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court via AP)

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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.”

In this screen grab from live stream video, Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney John Pierce appears via video during a hearing at the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Waukegan, Ill., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court via AP)

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.

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