Saturday, November 20, 2021

SUE KYLE SUE: Acquittal Could Spur Rittenhouse to Launch Flurry of Defamation Suits, Legal Experts Say; Trump Congratulates Rittenhouse on Acquittal; Rittenhouse Lawyer Slams Biden for Calling Teen ‘white supremacist’; Where’s Biden’s apology?

Acquittal could spur Kyle Rittenhouse to launch flurry of defamation suits, legal experts say:
The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday could put the 18-year-old defendant in a prime position to launch a flurry of defamation lawsuits against media outlets and personalities who dubbed him a "white supremacist" and even likened him to a "school shooter" after he shot and killed two men in self-defense during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin , last year.
Numerous outlets also spread misinformation about the case, called Rittenhouse a "vigilante," and matter-of-factly stated his guilt in the deaths of two men and wounding of another. A jury on Friday found Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges after determining he acted in self-defense during the August 2020 riots in the town where his father lived. Now, say experts, whether Rittenhouse can win damages in civil suits could boil down to whether a jury finds the media's language was defamatory, opinion, or rhetorical hyperbole.
"There is no question he suffered reputation damage," Michael Toebe, a reputations and communications specialist based out of Wichita, Kansas, told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.
Long before the jury issued its verdict, media pundits railed against Rittenhouse for his decision to be armed with an AR-15-style rifle amid rioting in Kenosha. A guest on MSNBC compared Rittenhouse to a "school shooter" on Sept. 1, 2020, while another network contributor said he is "arguably a domestic terrorist" on the same day. The network’s star host Joy Reid referred to him as a "vigilante," and journalist Tariq Nasheed has labeled the defendant as a "suspected white supremacist," a title also given to Judge Bruce Schroeder, who presided over the trial. --->READ MORE HERE
'If that's not self defense, nothing is!': Trump congratulates Rittenhouse on acquittal:
Former President Donald Trump congratulated Kyle Rittenhouse on his acquittal Friday in a statement from his Save America political action committee.
"Congratulations Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges," the statement said. "It's called being found NOT GUILTY— And by the way, if that's not self defense, nothing is!"
The congratulatory message came after a jury cleared Rittenhouse of all five charges ranging from intentional homicide to recklessly endangering the safety of others. The news came Friday after three days of deliberations. Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber last year in Wisconsin — he also fired at and injured Gaige Grosskreutz. The jury ruled Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was acting in self-defense. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

+++++Rittenhouse lawyer slams Biden for calling teen ‘white supremacist’+++++

+++++Editorial: Where’s Biden’s apology to Kyle Rittenhouse?+++++

Joe Biden ‘Angry and Concerned’ by Rittenhouse Jury Verdict, Calls for Peaceful Protests

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