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Rittenhouse Extradited to Wisconsin

Illinois judge grants request. 17-year-old faces homicide charges in Kenosha shooting.

By , Wisconsin Public Radio - Oct 31st, 2020 11:52 am
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An Illinois judge has granted prosecutors’ request to extradite 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse to Wisconsin, where he faces homicide charges for allegedly shooting three protesters in Kenosha, killing two of them.

Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the Aug. 25 shooting of 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting of 26-year-old Anthony Huber.

Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha from his home in Antioch, Illinois, and walked the city that night armed with an AR-15 rifle, during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. He joined others carrying guns who said they were there to guard private businesses, several of which had been burned in the days following the shooting.

Rittenhouse has been held in Lake County, Illinois since shortly after the shootings, where his defense team has fought extradition. Rittenhouse’s lawyers have argued the teenager was acting in self-defense.

Judge Paul Novak did not address those arguments Friday, ruling only that Rittenhouse could be extradited.

“According to Illinois law, this Illinois court shall not determine if Rittenhouse has a valid self-defense argument for the Wisconsin charges,” Novak wrote. “These are matters that can be raised in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, through pre-trial proceedings or during trial.”

One of Rittenhouse’s attorneys has previously raised the possibility of appealing the decision to extradite.

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One thought on “Rittenhouse Extradited to Wisconsin”

  1. Jeffjay60 says:

    Of course, they will appeal it as a stall tactic if for no other reason. This young man was brought into this militia like group with that mythical dream of being the frontier citizen in a deputized mob to doled out justice. I’m sure he thought of himself as the good man with a gun the NRA tries to sell us. We see how it turned out. He had no training, no authority, or no reason to be in that situation. People died needlessly. And if there was police negligence, as there has been alleged in this matter, they should also be brought to justice.

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