A former defense lawyer for Kyle Rittenhouse has said one of his early predictions about the case has come true, while also noting that it seems obvious to him the case was brought in the first place by Kenosha County prosecutors over political pressures.
Attorney John Pierce made his comments in an interview with Fox News Digital on Tuesday after Rittenhouse, 18, randomly selected the 12 jurors who will decide his fate in a double murder trial the lawyer says should never have occurred.
Pierce believes prosecutors have a weak case that was motivated more by politics and sought to make a point instead of ensuring justice.
“He was legally entitled to have that firearm with him,” he said Tuesday. “And it’s just clear as day from the evidence, most powerfully from the hundreds of angles of video evidence, that it was absolute perfect self-defense.”
In addition to running a private law firm bearing his name, Pierce also heads up the National Constitutional Law Union, which he says is “the ACLU but for the rest of us.” And he has long said that the case against the Illinois teen should not stand up in court because it is motivated by political sensitivities.
“This case should have never been brought,” he said. “In my view, this is blatant prosecutorial misconduct. It’s malicious prosecution.”
In the process, Pierce adds that Rittenhouse “was defamed by pretty much every media outlet and lots of politicians and celebrities as being a mass murderer and a white supremacist, which is ridiculous.”
Some demonstrators outside the courthouse in Kenosha have been calling for Rittenhouse’s conviction, accusing him of being a killer as well as a racist and white supremacist. But counter-demonstrators argue that the teen had a right to defend himself as it appears he was under assault ahead of the Aug. 25, 2020, shootings that left two men dead and a third wounded.
As such, he has been charged with two counts of murder and several counts of attempted murder and reckless endangerment. But earlier this week, Judge Bruce Schroeder tossed a misdemeanor charge of illegally possessing the AR-15-style rifle he carried on the night in question, which Pierce predicted more than a year ago.
“In a radio interview that I did on Breitbart just a few days after the shootings, I said that that charge should not have been brought, and that it was going to go away at some point,” Pierce told Fox News Digital.
Reports have incorrectly stated that Rittenhouse, who is from nearby Antioch, Ill., came to Kenosha with the rifle, but it was actually given to him by a friend in Kenosha after he arrived.
He stands accused of murdering Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and severely wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, now 27. Grosskreutz testified last week that Rittenhouse did not fire at him until he approached the teen and raised a handgun that he was carrying. He also testified that he did not have a valid concealed carry permit at that time.
All three men have criminal histories.
Nevertheless, if he is convicted, Rittenhouse faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
“The justice system, in many instances, is being weaponized for political purposes,” Pierce noted further. “I think that’s one of the impacts that folks like George Soros have had in attempting to and being successful in installing many prosecutors throughout the country.”
Fox News Digital noted that more than a year after riots struck Kenosha following the police shooting of a black man — which led to the unrest that swept up Rittenhouse — businesses remain boarded up and closed; there are charred remnants of unidentifiable objects that melted into sidewalks; and many locals are fearful of speaking to the media on the record because of reprisals.
Regarding Judge Schroeder, Pierce said: “This judge is just unbelievably good. He’s just no bulls—, and he just goes by the law and, he is not going to be swayed one iota by anything happening outside the courtroom.”
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