It feels like the news is pretty judicial today, which has to do with the Justice Department seeking immediate action to ban WeChat [see 8:11], a federal judge who insists the US census must continue through October [see 7:32] and Trump’s attempt to prevent his tax returns from being handed over to a New York attorney [see 6:52]. But there is more.
Kyle RittenhouseThe 17-year-old, who is accused of killing two protesters after Jacob Blake was shot and killed by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is before a hearing on whether he should be sent to Wisconsin to stand trial for murder stand that could put him in jail for life.
Rittenhouse was arrested at his home in Antioch, Illinois, the day after prosecutors alleged he shot and killed two protesters and injured a third on the streets of Kenosha on August 25.
His lawyers said Rittenhouse defended himself, portraying him as a courageous patriot exercising his right to bear arms in civil unrest. He has become a celebre in legal and gun law circles.
Rittenhouse is charged with willful murder of two first degree protesters and attempted murder of a third. He is also charged with underage gun possession for carrying a semi-automatic rifle.
A judge in Lake County, Illinois is expected to determine whether Rittenhouse will be sent to Kenosha to face the charges. A judge postponed a ruling on his transfer last month after Rittenhouse’s then-attorney asked for the extradition hearing to be delayed so that he had time to hire a private attorney.
Rittenhouse, who has been in custody since his arrest in Illinois, appears to have few options to combat the extradition.
His attorneys could argue that he is mentally ill and not working with them, which could delay the process, former Illinois judge and prosecutor David Erickson told the Associated Press.
“A prosecutor needs to show evidence that a crime was committed in the state of Wisconsin, and most likely that’s the guy,” he said.
Cheryl T. Bormann, an unrelated Chicago area defense attorney, said the fight against extradition was a “loss” and that Rittenhouse’s guilt or innocence does not play a role in whether Illinois will comply with Wisconsin’s request.
“The only real defense against extradition would be that Kyle Rittenhouse is not Kyle Rittenhouse. In other words, his lawyer should show that they have the wrong person, ”said Bormann.