Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney Mark Richards called out both CNN and MSNBC for lying about his client during the trial.
“I can say this, much of the coverage at the beginning was wrong. The trial proved that,” Richards said.
“But just in the last two weeks, you know people might not believe this but I watch MSNBC, CNN, I’m not a big Fox guy,” Richards went on to say during an interview on News Nation.
“And when I hear Joe Scarborough saying that my client shot his gun 60 times, that’s wrong,” Richards continued.
“When I hear some guest host on the Joy Reid (sic) say that my client drove four hours to go to a riot with his AR, that’s wrong,” he continued.
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“It’s false, and it makes me angry that they can’t take the time to at least get the generic basic facts correct, because it didn’t fit the story they wanted to tell.”
Richards was also asked whether he would advise Rittenhouse to sue MSNBC and CNN for defamation, as former Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann advocated in a recent column. Richards wouldn’t say whether it was a good idea or not stating, “I am not a civil lawyer, I am a criminal lawyer, so I do not advise on topics like that.”
If Rittenhouse decides to sue, experts say a libel or defamation suit will be tough to prove and would be an uphill battle.
Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges Friday, including first-degree reckless homicide.
In an interview earlier this month with Newsmax TV, famed Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said the teen, who is on trial for killing two men and wounded a third man during riots in Kenosha, Wis., in 2020, ought to be freed under the legal standard of “reasonable doubt” that he acted to defend himself.
Dershowitz went on to say that Rittenhouse should then sue various media organizations for spreading “deliberate and willful lies” about him during court proceedings.
“He should be acquitted,” Dershowitz said.
“If I were a juror, I would vote that there was reasonable doubt that he did act in self-defense, and then he’ll bring lawsuits and that’s the way to answer,” Dershowitz continued.
“I’ve sued CNN, the Covington people have sued CNN. You know, the idea is to make the media accountable for deliberate and willful lies, and that is consistent with the First Amendment,” he added.
“The bigger deal is that all of us civil libertarians, all the liberals, all the ACLU-types, The New Yorker, The New York Times, they all attack the judge for simply applying the Constitution,” he continued.
“These phony civil libertarians couldn’t care less about due process, about free speech. All they want is due process for me, but not for thee,” Dershowitz added.
“They’re taking sides, They’re cheering, they’re rooting. The New Yorker, that trashy magazine, … already dubbed [Rittenhouse], without any evidence, the ‘American Vigilante,’” he said.
“People are picking sides, and they are picking on the judge because the judge has made some fair rulings under the Constitution,” he noted.