A state senator from Oklahoma has proposed a law named after Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse that would compensate victims of “malicious prosecution” in honor of the 18-year-old who was charged with murder after shooting three people last week. was acquitted. Black Lives Matter protests and riots occurred in Wisconsin during August 2020.
State Senator Nathan Dahm, a Republican, proposed “Kyle’s Law” on Tuesday. This state would compensate those who were charged with murder but found not guilty by reason of justified murder, such as self-defense.
“Kyle Rittenhouse should never have been charged. From the start the video evidence showed it was legitimate self-defense,” Mr. Dahmo told the daily wire, “It is our duty to protect the rights of the people we represent, and the right to self-defense is paramount. This bill will ensure that what happened to Kyle Rittenhouse cannot happen to the people of Oklahoma.
Senate Bill 1120, as it is formally known, would require individuals to show three things: that they were prosecuted without probable cause; that they were found not guilty; And that the prosecution caused them financial damages such as legal fees or lost wages.
reaction to the verdict, which found Mr Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges after fatally shooting two people and injuring a third, was deeply polarised.
For example, liberal commentators such as writer Roxanne Gay said the ruling would encourage “openly white supremacist vigilantes”. Meanwhile, many on the right, as well as those on the 18-year-old’s legal defense, thought prosecutors had gone too far.
In the middle of his trial in Kenosha, Mr Rittenhouse’s lawyers went for a wrongful trial after prosecutors sought to question him about video evidence previously considered inadmissible, as well as the fairly common choice of Mr Rittenhouse. He was asked to remain silent before the trial, when he was charged with murder. ,
Judge Bruce Schroeder at one time shouted to prosecutors, “Don’t be shy with me!and warned that they risked “serious constitutional violations” with their practices.
Prosecutors were seeking to ask, among other things, a video taken before the August 10 shooting that showed Mr Rittenhouse saying he would shoot shoppers, which he deemed unacceptable at a pretrial hearing. had gone.
The conduct of prosecutors wasn’t the only thing criticized during the trial, however, Judge Schroeder attracted national intrigue and some criticism for his prodigious court practices, from singing to making off-color ethnic jokes, to sitting cuddly next to Mr Rittenhouse and allowing him to draw the names of some of his jurors.
By way of clarification the judge said in a belligerent speech that he once allowed a court clerk to be named in a trial with a black defendant two decades earlier, resulting in a bad optic”, when the clerk told the jury pool “a black, the black, the only black”. had chosen.
“There was nothing wrong with it, it was all fine, but what do they talk about – optics, nowadays … it was a bad optic, I thought,” he said.
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