Following the jury's acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse , the teenager who beat felony homicide charges over the deaths of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin , legal analysts contend any follow-up civil rights case "will fail" if prosecutors push for one.
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."
"There is no obvious basis for a civil rights prosecution against Rittenhouse," said Jacobson, who is also the founder of the Legal Insurrection blog and followed the trial daily.
"The videos are the videos, and the testimony already is under oath from witnesses and alleged victim Gaige Grosskreutz. A civil case will fail even by a preponderance of the evidence," Jacobson added.
ACQUITTAL COULD SPUR KYLE RITTENHOUSE TO LAUNCH A FLURRY OF DEFAMATION SUITS, LEGAL EXPERTS SAY
Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley wrote Sunday that the DOJ does not possess an office for the prosecution of "miscarriages of justice" and furthered it would be a "dangerous precedent" to probe a jury's decision based on a disagreement with the verdict.
"Rittenhouse was acquitted on state charges by a state jury. Moreover, while some have called for reducing self-defense protections, the jury applied the law as it currently appears on the books," Turley opined in a Fox News article. "It is... (Read more)
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