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Twitter Explodes as ‘Innocent’ Kyle Rittenhouse Begs for Money to Fight Civil Suit
The parents of Anthony Huber, one of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims, originally filed a lawsuit against the city of Kenosha and the Kenosha Police Department under the theory that they allowed the situation to get to the point where Rittenhouse ended up killing Huber. It is normal to name the municipality and police because they generally have insurance covering such lawsuits and thus have “deep pockets,” as they say in the law. Originally, the Hubers didn’t name Kyle in their lawsuit.
In January, the Hubers added Rittenhouse, perhaps having heard that he was keeping the bail money raised on his behalf, making Rittenhouse himself someone with “deep pockets.” From the Washington Post in January:
Kyle Rittenhouse has been added as a defendant to a civil lawsuit filed by the parents of Anthony Huber, a Wisconsin man Rittenhouse fatally shot in Kenosha during street protests in August 2020.
In a criminal trial last November, Rittenhouse was found not guilty of five charges related to killing Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz with an AR-15-style rifle. A civil trial could replay evidence against the 18-year-old before a jury, in addition to statements he has made in right-wing media since going free. The suit does not specify any monetary damages, but attorneys for the parents filed a $10 million claim notice in December.
The jury will decide who is liable for what damages, but if Kyle is found liable, one can bet that he will be hammered to the point that he’ll likely be driven into bankruptcy. So what does Kyle do? Well, he’s a MAGA. Go grifting!
I was found innocent, but the fight hasn’t stopped. I am currently being attacked via a civil lawsuit in Wisconsin. I’d like to thank everyone for the ongoing support. Thank you to my dear friends who set this up for me, we won’t stop fighting! https://t.co/oS6oEAGZHG
— Kyle Rittenhouse (@ThisIsKyleR) September 19, 2022
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Twitter often goes after Kyle in a big way, and this one really set them off:
That civil case is the least of your worries. Just wait until the Feds indict you and your mother.
— LJ (@balittlejohn) September 20, 2022
You Are A Murderer 😡
Yes! A jury found you not guilty, but the majority of Americans know the truth.
— Debbie (@DebbieSVA) September 20, 2022
You took a weapon you weren't legally entitle to have across state lines and killed two people.
You might want to sit this one out. We see who you are.
— Khashoggi’s Ghost 🇺🇦🌻 (@UROCKlive1) September 20, 2022
But you weren’t found innocent. You were found not guilty. The distinction is important, because you killed two people and wounded a third. You were walking around with a rifle looking for trouble.
— CooknColorado🇺🇸🇺🇦☮️ (@CooknColorado) September 20, 2022
Not Guilty is not equal to innocent; you got away with murder…
— Steve. (@MartialGolfer) September 19, 2022
You were found not guilty. Hardly innocent. Here’s to you’re guilty verdict in the civil suit.🍻
— AllGoodDogs (@sdean78) September 21, 2022
Obviously your lawyers have not done a very good job explaining the facts of life to you. Not guilty is not innocent and the standard of proof in a civil suit is less. Justice for the people you killed is still coming. Ask OJ Simpson.
— Laura Starrett (@lstarrett1) September 20, 2022
It’s called a civil lawsuit and you prevented two people from living the rest of their lives. You have a lot of nerve asking for even more money.
— Christopher Ostella (@Co7Ostella) September 20, 2022
No jury can find you or anyone else “innocent”. Your verdict was “not guilty” which only means a group of 12 people for whatever reason didn’t believe that the prosecutor proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. But, “innocent”? No.
— Boley Baxton (@boley_baxton) September 20, 2022
You got lucky during the criminal case and found a judge that was willing to shirk his duties. You shouldn't have been able to use self-defense because you were illegally carrying the weapon in the first place. To be honest you should be thanking your lucky stars!
— John Renna (@JFR_Productions) September 20, 2022
You were found not guilty, which isn't the same as innocent. It's not as likely that this video will be disallowed in a civil suit as it was in your criminal trial. https://t.co/kBWIjjHS5J
— 🇺🇸 𝙕𝙖𝙥𝙥 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙖𝙣 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 (@Zapp_Branigann) September 21, 2022
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