Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyer Mark Richards: I am no longer using my cellphone because of so many death threats.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s criminal defense attorney Mark Richards said he no longer uses his own cellphone because he has gotten so many death threats. Richards claimed he’s gotten so many death threats recently that he “can’t count.” He went on to say, “It’s just too high.”
Richards has subsequently moved to using his wife’s cellphone, although he noted that her number has also been targeted by people threatening to kill him. “I’d want things to change, for people to talk to one another instead of fighting,” Richards added, “but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.”
A jury cleared Rittenhouse of all charges in the August 25, 2020, incident in which he shot three people with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle during rallies against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, killing two and wounding the third. Rittenhouse was accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, as well as harming two other males.
Richards, who headed Rittenhouse’s defense team, maintained that the youngster acted in self-defense during the encounter and only shot his firearm when he thought he was being attacked. After over 26 hours of discussion over four days, the jury reached a decision on Friday. Richards said initially that he was able to “blow off” the threatening phone calls, which began around three weeks ago.
However, he said after Rittenhouse’s acquittal on Friday, the volume of these calls surged. “By the time I got out of the courthouse and started answering my phone yesterday, the first three calls were death threats, so I just stopped using my phone.”
According to earlier reports, Judge Bruce Schroeder has been receiving threatening emails, faxes and other communications while sitting over the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial in Wisconsin. The Daily Mail stated that some of the threats were directed towards the judge’s family members.The texts also accuse the judge of bigotry and demand that he recuse himself from the case.
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