Law & Crime reports:
Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old supporter of President Donald Trump and police who is accused of fatally shooting two men in Wisconsin last week, is expected to unveil a rather extraordinary legal argument as part of his defense.
Rittenhouse is being charged as an adult with six criminal counts: first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18.
The first five are felonies; the weapon possession charge is a misdemeanor. While Rittenhouse’s attorneys will likely combat the various homicide charges by claiming self-defense, Rittenhouse’s attorneys are planning to fight the possession charge by arguing that Rittenhouse was acting as part of a “well-regulated militia” under the Second Amendment.
Personally, I’d be embarrassed to make this legal argument.
But seeing the other cases this attorney has handled, makes sense. https://t.co/SAovQFLBqW
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) September 1, 2020
Analysis: The Kenosha gunman’s attorney plans to argue that the teen was part of a “well regulated Militia” mentioned in the Second Amendment. https://t.co/XjbM8CAEKR
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 1, 2020
— Mad Mam-Mam (@slowhandpa) August 31, 2020
Seventeen year old boys can’t vote, can’t serve in the military, can’t buy alcohol or cigarettes, but, sure, let’s pretend they have the depth of decision-making to carry an AR-15 and “maintain order”.
— Sue Geiger (@suzygeiger) August 31, 2020
Question for Mr. Rittenhouse’s esteemed counsel Mr. Pierce – was your client acting as a member of “a well regulated militia” in this altercation earlier this month?https://t.co/FUSP9Ilh4u
— Jonathan Franks (@jonfranks) September 1, 2020