Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers say extraditing teen to Wisconsin would be ‘turning him over to the mob’

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2020/10/09/kyle-rittenhouses-extradition-face-kenosha-charges-delayed-again/5935719002/

Lawyers for Kyle Rittenhouse say extraditing the teenager to face homicide charges in Wisconsin would be akin to “turning him over to the mob” and violate his constitutional rights.

Rittenhouse, 17, has been held at an Illinois juvenile detention center since Aug. 26 after he fatally shot two people and wounded a third during violent civil unrest in Kenosha the night before. The demonstrations erupted after a Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake in the back on Aug. 23, leaving him paralyzed.

In a petition for habeas corpus, his attorneys say the teen had “answered his patriotic and civic duty” to help protect property and provide first aid during “a destructive insurrection.” Among conservative news outlets and social media, Rittenhouse has become a symbol, a cause celébrè whose shots, one of his lawyers tweeted, were those of the start of a new revolution.

The criminal complaint lays out how Rittenhouse, who could not legally possess the assault-style rifle he carried that night and was in violation of a city curfew, waded into the volatile and chaotic scene and wound up killing two people and seriously wounding another with rifle shots.

At the hearing, defense attorney John Pierce of Los Angeles, said extensive video from the night of the shootings “shows this is not a legitimate prosecution, it’s a political prosecution.” Supporters say Rittenhouse’s actions were such obvious self-defense that he shouldn’t have been charged. His defense team has released an 11-minute video to support its view.

Most of the petition describes the by now well-known events of the evening of Aug. 25, as captured on video by numerous other participants:

Early that evening, Rittenhouse, armed with an AR-15 rifle, and other armed men told reporters they were protecting a car business, and Rittenhouse said he was also there to provide first aid to injured protesters.

But the defense asks the Illinois judge to look beyond possible technicalities and says Rittenhouse is the rare case in which the substance of the charges in the demanding state should be considered.

“By allowing extradition, Illinois would violate Rittenhouse’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from arrest and detention without probable cause because there is video evidence showing without a shadow of a doubt Rittenhouse’s actions were self-defense.”

They also argue that in Wisconsin, Rittenhouse would be held in adult jail, “subjecting him to a legion of hazards.” His lawyers cite a request on a prisoners-oriented Twitter account seeking information about Rittenhouse’s location.

The habeas corpus petition is signed by Pierce — who does not normally practice criminal defense — and Michael E. Baker, a Chicago criminal defense attorney who is part of the defense team Pierce has been assembling with L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta-based defamation lawyer.

Mark Richards, a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Racine, is Rittenhouse’s attorney of record in the Kenosha case. Neither Wood nor Pierce is licensed to practice in Wisconsin.

Shortly before the Kenosha events, Wood and Pierce had formed #FightBack Foundation, a Texas nonprofit to raise money to sue the “fake news media” and “check the lies of the left.” But they quickly connected with Rittenhouse’s family and announced they would represent him and solicited millions in donations for his legal defense.

Pierce quickly announced he was stepping down from the foundation’s board amid news that he and prior incarnations of his law firm owe millions to vendors and private litigation funders.

Wood, meanwhile, is also being sued by his former partners and is battling Twitter over its suspensions of his account over the content of his posts. He has recently been threatening to sue former Vice President Joe Biden and his presidential campaign for a video Wood says falsely portrays Rittenhouse as a white supremacist or militia member.

There is more at the link above.   It is clear that the lawyers are grifters trying to make some of that righteous religious right wing money that Some sites say has reached nearly a million dollars.   Yes the kid did an illegal act that cost the lives of at least two people and harmed others while he was cosplaying being Rambo protecting the nation and the side of law and order gives him nearly a million dollars.    WTF.   Hugs

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: How can anyone be undecided? Everything tRump touches dies including the US and Democracy

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AGs Huddle Over Potential For Armed “Poll Watchers”

AGs Huddle Over Potential For Armed “Poll Watchers”

Michigan Live reports:

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said her office is reviewing how open carry laws intersect with the right to vote without fear of harassment as President Donald Trump urges supporters to watch the polls on Nov. 3.

Nessel joined the Democratic attorneys general of Wisconsin and Nevada on a press call Tuesday focused on threats to the upcoming election. Attorneys general expressed concern that the president’s call for his supporters to guard against “a rigged election” could cause voters to be intimidated at polling places on Election Day.

A series of armed protests at the Michigan Capitol this summer raised questions about whether gun-toting poll watchers could create a dangerous situation on Election Day. Nessel said she will be providing guidance to local law enforcement officers before the election.

Read the full article.

At the debate, Trump made it clear he’s already decided the election doesn’t count

At the debate, Trump made it clear he’s already decided the election doesn’t count

Replying to Wallace, Trump gave no hint of either accepting the outcome of the election, or telling his supporters to remain calm. “I’m urging my supporters to go in to the polls and watch very carefully,” said Trump. “Because that’s what has to happen. I am urging them to do it. As you know, today there was a big problem. In Philadelphia, they went in to watch. They’re called poll watchers, a very safe, very nice thing. They were thrown out. They weren’t allowed to watch. You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia. Bad things.”

The reason Trump’s people were thrown out of polling places in Philadelphia is because they were not poll watchers. As The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Trump supporters tried to squeeze into a number of small offices that aren’t regular polling stations, but just locations where people can request or submit mail-in ballots. As the Republican city commissioner in charge of local elections said after Trump’s group had to be extracted from the tiny offices: “We don’t give someone a poll watcher certificate to … watch somebody fill out their ballot at their kitchen table.” The even bigger reason that extra people weren’t allowed to clog the entrance of these small offices was that they were repeatedly violating social distancing rules that were already limiting the number of people who could enter the locations. They weren’t poll watchers, they were poll blockers.

The process of appointing and locating poll watchers is just that—a process. Campaigns make requests, elections official provide credentials, inform the poll watchers of where they are allowed to go, and tell them what they are allowed to do within the polling space. What Trump’s campaign has been pushing is nothing like that—he’s encouraging intimidation and a breakdown in normal order.

But Trump didn’t end with just encouraging his supporters to descend on polling places. He made it clear he was ready to lead them in opposing any outcome that did not lead to his victory. As Wallace tried to get Trump to simply agree that he would follow the will of American voters, he utterly refused.

But Trump had already stated: “It’s a rigged election.” He’s not waiting to see how badly he loses on Nov. 3. He knows that’s no longer in doubt. Trump is no longer even concerned about winning. He is focused on holding on to power, which is something completely different. Trump repeatedly claimed that it could be “months” before there was an outcome, and agreed readily to the idea that he was trying to seat Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court because he expects that court to protect his power. “Yeah,” said Trump. “I think I’m counting on them to look at the ballots, definitely.”

Trump has already declared the election “fraudulent” and “rigged.” He’s already instructed his followers not to accept the outcome of the vote. And, of course, he’s told white supremacist militias to “stand by.”

There is more at the link above.   I think it is clear what the game plan for tyrant tRump to remain in power.  He and his cult do not believe in democracy, using weapons and intimidation about voting and election results is not supporting democracy.   tRump and his cult worship power, and he doesn’t intend to give it up.   Hugs

Internal document shows Trump officials were told to make comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/internal-document-shows-trump-officials-were-told-make-comments-sympathetic-n1241581

Rittenhouse should be described as defending himself from rioters in Kenosha, according to DHS talking points obtained by NBC News.

Federal law enforcement officials were directed to make public comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to internal Department of Homeland Security talking points obtained by NBC News.

In preparing Homeland Security officials for questions about Rittenhouse from the media, the document suggests that they note that he “took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners.”

Another set of talking points distributed to Homeland Security officials said the media were incorrectly labeling the group Patriot Prayer as racists after clashes erupted between the group and protesters in Portland, Oregon.

It is unclear whether any of the talking points originated at the White House or within Homeland Security’s own press office.

Federal law enforcement officials were directed to make public comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to internal Department of Homeland Security talking points obtained by NBC News.

In preparing Homeland Security officials for questions about Rittenhouse from the media, the document suggests that they note that he “took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners.”

Another set of talking points distributed to Homeland Security officials said the media were incorrectly labeling the group Patriot Prayer as racists after clashes erupted between the group and protesters in Portland, Oregon.

It is unclear whether any of the talking points originated at the White House or within Homeland Security’s own press office.

There is more at the link above.    It is clear that this administration is racist and willing to use law enforcement to push racist ideals.    They are proving the point of the BLM movement, a lot of law enforcement is either racist or willing to go along with racist.   Hugs

U.S. intelligence reports warn of extremist threat around election

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-extremists/u-s-intelligence-reports-warn-of-extremist-threat-around-election-idUSKBN26K2J7

U.S. security officials are warning that violent domestic extremists pose a threat to the presidential election next month, amid what one official called a “witch’s brew” of rising political tensions, civil unrest and foreign disinformation campaigns.

FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos say threats by domestic extremists to election-related targets will likely increase in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election.

Those warnings so far have largely remained internal. But New Jersey’s homeland security office took the unusual step of publicly highlighting the threat in a little-noticed report on its website last week.

“You have this witch’s brew that really hasn’t happened in America’s history. And if it has, it’s been decades if not centuries,” said Jared Maples, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, which published the threat assessment.

Nationwide protests in recent months over racial justice and police brutality have been largely peaceful, but some have led to violent confrontations, including between extremist factions from left and right.

Documented cases of mail-ballot fraud are extremely rare and election experts say it would be nearly impossible for foreign actors to disrupt an election by mailing out fake ballots.

A recent internal FBI bulletin warned that domestic extremists with varying ideologies would likely pose an increasing threat to government and election-related targets in the run-up to the election, according to a person familiar with it. The bulletin was first reported by Yahoo News.

A DHS memo dated to Aug. 17 said ideologically driven extremists and other actors “could quickly mobilize” to engage in violence related to the election. The document, also first reported by Yahoo News, was confirmed to Reuters by a person familiar with it.

The memo said that lone offender white supremacists and other lone offenders with “personalized ideologies” pose the greatest threat of deadly violence.

Trump officials have pointed the finger at left-wing anarchists and anti-fascists during protests against police brutality and racism over the summer, but federal court records provide little evidence showing those arrested for violent acts had affiliations to far-left groups.

Last week, the top two DHS officials acknowledged in congressional hearings, however, that white supremacists have posed the most lethal domestic threat to the United States in recent years.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said during congressional hearings earlier this month that his agency was conducting investigations into violent domestic extremists, include white supremacists and anti-fascist groups. He said the largest “chunk” of investigations were into white supremacist groups.

White supremacist, anti-Semitic, anti-government, and related ideologies were tied to 77 percent of 454 alleged domestic extremist murders in the past decade, according to data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League, a New York City-based anti-hate advocacy organization, and presented at one of the congressional hearings last week.

The New Jersey report outlines three possible scenarios for the November election: a quick election outcome, a protracted process where determining a winner takes months and a legal battle that eventually goes to the Supreme Court.

Each of the scenarios could lead to extremist violence, with the possibility of deadly confrontations between protesters and targeted violence toward police officers, the assessment concludes.

The agency’s report says the extremists will likely be “anarchist, anti-government, and racially motivated,” but does not say which groups pose the greater threat.

The domestic extremist threat has always been present, but is getting more attention this year, according to Mike Sena, president of the National Fusion Center Association, which represents state-run “fusion centers” staffed by federal, state and local public safety personnel who monitor threats and facilitate information sharing.

“We have always had threats during the national election cycles from violent extremists, including terrorist organizations,” he said. “With current events, it is more in the spotlight than ever.”

The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan think tank, said in a June report that the outcome of the election could incite violence by the far-right or far-left.

“If President Trump loses the election, some extremists may use violence because they believe – however incorrectly – that there was fraud or that the election of Democratic candidate Joe Biden will undermine their extremist objectives,” the report reads. “Alternatively, some on the far-left could resort to terrorism if President Trump is re-elected.”

  Think about the above.  The ones not accepting a vote by the people is the right.   They wont accept any reality in which they don’t win everything.  What are they 3 year olds?   So much for democracy.   Hugs