FILE PHOTO: Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with killing two people and injuring another during demonstrations on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, listens to defense attorney John Pierce during an extradition hearing in Lake County in Waukegan, Illinois, U.S., October 30, 2020. Nam Y. Huh/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

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Wisconsin prosecutors requested that Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teen charged with shooting three and killing two at a Jacob Blake protest in August, be arrested and his bond increased by $200,000. Blake, a black father of three, was left paralyzed after a white officer shot him in the back seven times.

Prosecutors argued Rittenhouse had little incentive to comply with his bond conditions because the money wasn’t his. The money was raised through what prosecutors called a “dubious internet fundraising campaign” targeted at the political right.

“It is extremely unusual for a defendant facing a charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide in Kenosha County to post cash bond and be released from custody pending trial,” the motion said. “Rarely does our community see accused murderers roaming about freely.”

Rittenhouse violated his bail agreement by not disclosing his change of address within 48 hours of moving, according to Kenosha County prosecutors. The request came after the court could not deliver a hearing notice to Rittenhouse at his home address listed on his release paperwork.

Prosecutors alleged Rittenhouse came to Kenosha, Wis., from his home in Antioch, Ill., to answer a call from local militia to protect local businesses from protestors. Rittenhouse opened fire on protestors, killing two and wounding another, prosecutors say. Rittenhouse turned himself in the day after the protest, but he was released in November after posting a $2 million bond.

Mark Richards, Rittenhouse’s attorney, said in a motion that Rittenhouse went to an undisclosed safe house because of death threats and that prosecutors refused to keep that address private. Richards said they would disclose the safe house location if the information is kept from the public. The counter-motion also alleges one of Rittenhouse’s former attorneys was told by a high-ranking member of the Kenosha Police Department to write the wrong address on the release papers for Rittenhouse’s safety.

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Attorneys say they were advised by law enforcement not to share where Rittenhouse would be living with court – Kenosha News – 2/4/2021
Richards, Rittenhouse’s attorney, argued in his motion that Rittenhouse and his family have received threats in various forms, the most recent of which came on Jan. 25. When Rittenhouse was released from jail in November, police told defense attorneys not to provide the safe house address, Richards said. An attorney working with Richards, Corey Chirafisi, asked Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger via email on Nov. 30 if he could keep the safe house address sealed but Binger refused, according to Richards’ motion.

Where Is Accused Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse? – Slate Magazine – 2/4/2021
The impunity with which Rittenhouse has acted while waiting to be tried for murder is galling and, predictably, has made him a cause célèbre on the far right. Since being released, the teenager has been photographed drinking with members of the far-right Proud Boys, a white nationalist group that this week was declared a terrorist organization in Canada. Rittenhouse has flouted the terms of his release, which was enabled by a far-right internet fundraising campaign that cobbled together millions to post the bond.

Prosecutors seek new arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse, say he violated bond – The Washington Times – 2/4/2021
The motion asks Schroeder to issue an arrest warrant and increase Rittenhouse‘s bail by $200,000. […] “He posted no money so he has no financial stake in the bond,” prosecutors said in their motion Wednesday. “He is already facing the most serious possible criminal charges and life in prison, so in comparison, potential future criminal penalties are insignificant.”

Kyle Rittenhouse’s Lawyers: Cops Told Us to Lie About Where He’s Living – Vice – 2/4/2021
Prosecutors say Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse skipped out on his bond by not updating the court with his new address—but Rittenhouse’s former lawyer says police told him to purposefully mislead the court as to where Rittenhouse is living. […] Rittenhouse’s current attorney, Mark Richards, filed his own motion Wednesday objecting to the increase, saying Rittenhouse’s new address, at a “safe house,” wasn’t disclosed out of concerns for his safety, a copy of the filings shared with VICE News show. An email from an unknown sender was sent to Richards on January 25, filed as alleged evidence of the threats against Rittenhouse, says that if Rittenhouse is convicted, he’ll be sexually assaulted in prison.

Prosecutors Claim Kyle Rittenhouse Violated Bond, Seek Arrest Warrant – Breitbart – 2/3/2021
Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide after the August 25 deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum. The deaths occurred during riots following the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake. […] Breitbart News also explained that the left went apoplectic when they learned that actor Ricky Schroder and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell allegedly helped meet the $2 million.

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