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The Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Story Explained
The case surrounding the 18-year-old has sparked frequent debate since the shootings took place in Kenosha in August 2020.After two weeks of testimony, the defense and prosecution will outline their arguments surrounding the 18-year-old for the final time to the jury at Kenosha County Circuit court.
Experts have questioned ifcould sue President over allegations he defamed his character following his homicide arrest.
Rittenhouse, who was cleared of all charges against him after killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz in Kenosha last August, accused Biden of acting with "actual malice, defaming my character"last September.
Jury to begin deliberations at Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Jurors will begin deliberations Tuesday at Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial after two weeks of testimony in which prosecutors and defense attorneys painted starkly different pictures of his actions the night he shot three men on the streets of Kenosha. Prosecutors claimed in closing arguments Monday that Rittenhouse was a “wannabe soldier” who provoked bloodshed by bringing a semi-automatic rifle to a protest and menacing others, then walking off like a “hero in a Western” after killing two men and wounding a third. © Provided by Associated Press A lone protester stands outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, late Monday, Nov.
While Rittenhouse did not specifically state he intends to launch legal action against Biden during his interview with' , suggested he has a case.
The tweet in question was posted by Biden before he was president.
Biden's account tweeted a video condemningfor failing to denounce white supremacy and other far-right groups.
The clip shows footage of the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 and Trump telling theduring a televised presidential debate in September 2020.
An image of Rittenhouse armed with a semiautomatic rifle taken from theprotests in Kenosha was also included in the video.
Rittenhouse jury to resume after fresh mistrial request
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — The jury in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial was to move into a third day of deliberations Thursday, even as its request to re-watch video in the case sparked a fresh bid from his attorneys for a mistrial. © Provided by Associated Press Kyle Rittenhouse looks back before going on a break during his trail at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.
Can Kyle Rittenhouse Sue Joe Biden for Defamation?
Experts have now suggested that while Rittenhouse may have a case against Biden, it will be difficult to prove.
Speaking to Newsweek, Neama Rahmani, a former assistant U.S. attorney and current president and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers, said that Rittenhouse can file a civil lawsuit against Biden even though sitting president's cannot face criminal charges.
"Biden would not be able to use executive privilege as a defense against a defamation lawsuit from Kyle Rittenhouse because Biden was not an elected official when he made those remarks," Rahmani said.
"He was campaigning for president and campaigning is not considered to be acting in one's official capacity as an elected leader."
Why a Lawsuit Against Biden is Unlikely to Succeed
Barbara McQuade, a University of Michigan law professor and former U.S. attorney in Detroit, told Newsweek it is "not a serious claim" that Rittenhouse could sue Biden for defamation based on the video.
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Kyle Rittenhouse's homicide trial in Wisconsin has been highlighted by the emotional testimony of the 18-year-old man whose actions as a minor have become emblematic of a divided America. © Sean Krajacic/Pool/Getty Images KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 17: Kyle Rittenhouse listens as attorneys discuss the potential for a mistrial during Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 17, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
"First, it is very unlikely that the person who created the ad or tweeted it was Biden himself. Any lawsuit would need to be filed against the person or people who published it," McQuade said.
"Second, a defamation case is unlikely to succeed here against any defendant. By inserting himself into the civil unrest in Kenosha, Rittenhouse voluntarily became a limited purpose public figure, which subjects defamation claims against him to the actual malice standard."
McQuade said in order for Rittenhouse to win a defamation suit, he would have to prove that the person who included the image of Rittenhouse in Biden's video either knew that it was false or "acted with reckless disregard as to its truth."
She added that Rittenhouse must also show it is false that he is a white supremacist or militia member—something which was long denied by his lawyers, who state there is no
Rahmani suggested that Biden's team may try to get the case thrown out because the connection between his tweet saying Trump should denounce white supremacists and the picture of Rittenhouse is "attenuated."
The Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, explained: 'If you believe him when he says self-defense, then you have to acquit him'
Why did jurors acquit Kyle Rittenhouse? "If you've got them convinced of self-defense, that's it," one legal expert told USA TODAY.When they do, they'll likely be asked: Where did they find reasonable doubt?
"If a judge denies the motion to dismiss, then Rittenhouse's past dealings become relevant because truth is an absolute defense to defamation," Rahmani said.
"Rittenhouse would have to be absolutely sure there are no skeletons in his closet before filing, including any social media posts or communications with friends and family."
Rahmani said theat a bar in Wisconsin while flashing an OK hand gesture, a symbol that has been co-opted by the far-right as a sign to show support for white supremacy, may be used against Rittenhouse in a civil case.
Prior to his murder trial, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder said the the prosecution could not attempt to make any links between Rittenhouse and theduring proceedings.
While militia groups were found to havepreviously confirmed they found no evidence that Rittenhouse followed or was invited to any of the pages.
Kyle Rittenhouse Has a Better Case Against Ayanna Pressley
Rahmani said that Rittenhouse will have a better chance of successfully suing Massachusetts congresswomanafter she not only accused Rittenhouse of being a "white supremacist" but also a "domestic terrorist" in the wake of the Kenosha shootings, adding there is "no evidence" to suggest this.
Opinion: What we can -- and can't -- expect from the Rittenhouse jury
Intense media coverage pushes a public already sharply divided by political differences to expect a social and political message from the jury's verdict. But the law requires something entirely different: a strict analysis of the facts and law by 12 ordinary citizens insulated from outside pressure. The evidence presented during the trial has put a full menu of political issues front and center, triggering a divisive national debate.
Rep.was one of those who said that after Rittenhouse was found not guilty of the charges against him.
On Tuesday, White House press secretaryfor linking Rittenhouse for white supremacy, or for falsely suggesting he was "part of a militia coming out of Illinois."
Psaki said: "This is about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump's own words during a debate as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups. And President Trump, as we know from history, didn't just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency.
"The President believes in condemning hatred, division, and violence. That's exactly what was done in that video."
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Social media comparisons between coverage of trials for Kyle Rittenhouse and Ghislaine Maxwell ignore that cameras aren't allowed in Maxwell's court.British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is accused of procuring underage girls for billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. Her federal trial begins Nov. 29.