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Legal experts speculated on whether Joe Biden’s Justice Department may bring civil rights cases against Kyle Rittenhouse, who was recently acquitted of two counts of murder and other felonies in connection with gunfire in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during riots last year.
Last Monday, a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty of killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Anthony Huber, 28, and wounding Gaige Greusskruetz as they chased, threatened, and hit the adolescent in self-defense.
According to the Washington Examiner, there has been speculation that civil lawsuits and other actions could be filed against Rittenhouse, however experts believe that the majority of them would fail:
The verdict prompted a condemning response from the likes of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who tweeted Nov. 19 that the full acquittal was a “miscarriage of justice” that “justifies federal review” by the Department of Justice . However, legal analyst and Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson told the Washington Examiner the self-defense evidence in Rittenhouse’s criminal case “will be just as overwhelming in a civil case.”
Jacobson, the founder of the Legal Insurrection blog who followed the trial daily, said, “There is no obvious basis for a civil rights prosecution against Rittenhouse.”
Separately, constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley wrote last week that the Justice Department lacks an office dedicated to prosecuting “miscarriages of justice,” and that investigating a jury’s decision simply because DoJ officials disagree with the trial’s outcome would set a “dangerous precedent.”