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Rep. Jerry Nadler says Rittenhouse acquittal sets a ‘dangerous precedent’

Democrat House member Jerry Nadler responded to the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial, calling it a “dangerous precedent”.

After the New York Times tweeted that Kyle Rittenhouse had been acquitted on all counts, Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, quoted the tweet, expressing his disapproval. “This heartbreaking verdict is a miscarriage of justice and sets a dangerous precedent which justifies federal review by DOJ,” he wrote. 

“Justice cannot tolerate armed persons crossing state lines looking for trouble while people engage in First Amendment-protected protest,” he continued. Rittenhouse was acquitted on all five counts, including the charges related to the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber.

The jury unanimously voted to acquit Rittenhouse on all counts. Going into the case, Rittenhouse had been charged with being in possession of a dangerous weapon as a minor. The charge was dropped by Judge Bruce Schroeder due to an exception in the law regarding a barrel length exception. 

Rittenhouse shot three attackers in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020 during protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake. The AR-15 he used was purchased and kept by a friend of Rittenhouse who was 18 and lived in Kenosha. The gun was going to be transferred to Rittenhouse’s name following his 18th birthday.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: POLITICO

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