'Right to self-defense': Kyle Rittenhouse says case had nothing to do with race | LiveNOW from FOX
Kyle Rittenhouse is opening up about his trial and the shooting in his first interview since being found not guilty on all charges by a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse, 18, spoke to Fox News' Tucker Carlson, explaining that the case has "nothing to do with race" and was all about the "right to self-defense." Rittenhouse's mother also talked to Fox News about her reaction following the not guilty verdict.
The acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse says he is not a racist person, supports Black Lives Matter's right to protest, and was proud he was able to vindicate "self-defense on trial," while expressing concern about prosecutorial injustice in our legal system.
"This case has nothing to do with race," Rittenhouse told Fox News' Tucker Carlson in an interview previewed on Twitter before Monday night's airing. "It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense.
"I'm not a racist person. I support the BLM movement. I support peacefully demonstrating."
The next legal battle for Kyle Rittenhouse may be with his former attorneys.
Two lawyers who briefly worked on Rittenhouse’s case — and helped raise $2 million to help get him released from jail as he awaited criminal charges — want their cash back, but the now acquitted teen’s family is fighting the move.
The 18-year-old was cleared of all charges Friday stemming from the shooting of three people — two fatally — during Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer. Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, convinced the jury he acted in self-defense.
Rittenhouse was released from jail while he was waiting for his trial in November after a $2 million bond was posted by his former attorney John Pierce, with a cashier’s check from his law firm Pierce Bainbridge. Former child actor Ricky Schroder and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell were credited with donations that enabled Rittenhouse’s release.
Bond in Wisconsin legally goes back to whoever posted it after the trial is over, which would appear to be Pierce’s law firm.
A second attorney who briefly worked on the case, L. Lin Wood, said the funds were provided by his FightBack Foundation and should be returned to the organization, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
In February, the Rittenhouse family fired Pierce, and have since complained that he and Wood diverted money meant to help Rittenhouse. “I suspect there will be a fight over that,” Rittenhouse’s current attorney, Mark Richards said, according to the Kenosha News. “John Pierce is the person who posted the bond. All that money was raised on behalf of Kyle. Lin Wood and FightBack say they are entitled to it.
“There was half a million dollars I think that came directly from [Kyle’s mother] Wendy Rittenhouse from money she raised,” he continued. “So there’s going to be a fight over that, and I’m just thankful there will be a fight over it.”