An Illinois judge on Friday denied Kyle Rittenhouse’s petition for writ of habeas corpus, ruling that the teen could be extradited to Wisconsin where he faces multiple felony charges over the shooting of three people at protests in Kenosha earlier this summer.
Rittenhouse arrived at Kenosha County jail Friday afternoon following the ruling, authorities told Nick Bohr, a reporter for local ABC affiliate WISN-12.
On August 27, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley charged the 17-year-old Rittenhouse with felony charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree reckless endangerment, and a misdemeanor charge of possessing a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18. If convicted of the first charge, he could receive a sentence of life in prison.
After Rittenhouse was arrested in Illinois’ Lake County, where he is currently being held, his attorney challenged Wisconsin’s extradition request.
In a terse ruling, Lake County judge Paul Novak accused Rittenhouse of asking him to “ignore binding Illinois law” by arguing Novak should second-guess Wisconsin prosecutors and courts who requested the extradition, and rejected Rittenhouse’s claim that Illinois authorities violated his constitutional rights by agreeing to the request.
Rittenhouse’s attorney had first alleged that Wisconsin’s request didn’t meet certain procedural requirements, but Novak rejected that argument, noting that “Rittenhouse called no witnesses or submitted any exhibits” to support his claim.
Rittenhouse’s attorney also argued that Novak had the authority to consider whether Illinois’ decision to extradite Rittenhouse would violate his constitutional rights, but Novak said that was “outside the scope” of an extradition hearing.
Novak said that, under Illinois law, he was not able to rule on Rittenhouse’s claims that: Wisconsin didn’t have probable cause to extradite him, its decision to do so was politically motivated, it couldn’t legally charge him as an adult, he could claim self-defense in the shootings, and he wouldn’t be safe in Wisconsin. Novak said those must be brought up with courts in Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse, who is from Antioch, Illinois, allegedly crossed state lines to stand guard outside businesses in Kenosha during unrest stemming from the police shooting of Jacob Blake days earlier, where he allegedly shot three people — two of whom later died.
Witnesses told Insider at the time that Rittenhouse appeared “on edge” and more erratic than other counterprotesters, many of whom were also armed.
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Rittenhouse has become a potent symbol for the right since his arrest, which experts say has been made worse due to refusals by conservative leaders including President Donald Trump to condemn the shooting. Trump suggested the shooter was “trying to get away” from people attacking him when he opened fire, while conservative TV hosts and bloggers suggested the shooting was self-defense.
Rittenhouse’s attorney and a Christian crowdfunding website said early September that they had raised nearly $1 million for Rittenhouse’s legal-defense fund.
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