Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial was the subject of much scrutiny over the internet in the past week, and for good reason: he admitted to killing two people and yet the judge found him not guilty, and he was acquitted of the murder charges.
“Let’s not forget, the standard in a criminal case is the highest under the law.
In a civil case, it’s a much lower standard. You don’t need a unanimous jury. it’s just preponderance of the evidence — 51 percent, slightly more than not.”
This is what Former U.S. assistant attorney Neama Rahmani said there is “no question” that Kyle Rittenhouse will face civil lawsuits from the families of the people he killed within a matter of months or even weeks.
A jury acquitted Rittenhouse on Friday of all charges related to the killings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. Rittenhouse testified at his criminal trial that he killed Rosenbaum and Huber in self-defense during the Kenosha riots in August 2020.
In the aftermath of the August 2020 police shooting of Jacob Blake, protests, riots, and civil unrest occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and around the United States as part of the larger 2020–2021 United States racial unrest and Black Lives Matter movements.
Then-17 year old Rittenhouse was reportedly there to defend a business from a riots while carrying an armed weapon.
He claimed that he shot the victims, Kenosha resident Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and nearby Silver Lake resident Anthony Huber, 26, in self defense.
He was not arrested by the local police then, but he turned himself at the Antioch police station the next morning.
Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other charges and in 2021 acquitted at trial on all counts.
He is also charged with attempted reckless homicide in a shooting that same night that left protester Gaige Grosskreutz severely wounded.
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