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Rittenhouse Lawyer: ‘Scary’ How Many Death Threats Were Received During Trial

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times

Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Mark Richards said that his client, defense lawyers, and prosecutors have faced numerous death threats during the homicide trial.

After a jury acquitted Rittenhouse, 18, of all charges brought against him, Richards told reporters after the verdict that “everybody in this case” faced death threats.

“And when I say that I mean prosecution, defense—to me it’s scary how many death threats we’ve had,” he remarked.

The lawyer recalled one instance when he answered his phone while on the way home from the Kenosha Courthouse and received a death threat. After the third one, Richards said he stopped answering his phone calls.

There were also unconfirmed reports that Judge Bruce Schroeder and his children received death threats throughout the trial. Schroeder did not make mention of it during the trial, and the Kenosha Police Department didn’t issue a statement on the matter.

Richards on Friday responded to questions about whether Rittenhouse should have waived his Fifth Amendment right and testified last week.

“At certain points we wondered whether we would put him on. We had a mock jury and we did two different juries, one with him testifying and one without him testifying. It was substantially better when he testified,”  Richards told reporters,


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