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KENOSHA, Wis. – Kyle Rittenhouse’s future went to a 12-person Wisconsin jury Tuesday, in a murder trial whose outcome has local residents bracing for renewed protests and Americans from coast to coast waiting for the verdict on the edge of their seats.

John Pierce, a lawyer who previously represented Rittenhouse but no longer does, said he believes the prosecution has a weak, politically motivated case aimed at making a point rather than serving justice.

“He was legally entitled to have that firearm with him,” he told Fox News Digital Tuesday. “And it’s just clear as day from the evidence, most powerfully from the hundreds of angles of video evidence, that it was absolute perfect self-defense.”

Kyle Rittenhouse looks on as John Black, use-of-force expert, testifies during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Nov. 11, 2021.
Kyle Rittenhouse looks on as John Black, use-of-force expert, testifies during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Nov. 11, 2021. (Mark Hertzberg/Pool via REUTERS)

Pierce runs a private law firm named after himself as well as the National Constitutional Law Union, or NCLU — which he describes as “the ACLU but for the rest of us.” He has long argued that the prosecution’s case against Rittenhouse is politically motivated and shouldn’t stand up in court.

“This case should have never been brought,” he said. “In my view, this is blatant prosecutorial misconduct. It’s malicious prosecution.”

And as a result, he said the teen defendant “was defamed by pretty much every media outlet and lots of politicians and celebrities as being mass murderer and a White supremacist, which is ridiculous.”,51016427.html–175534532/–175534680/–175536469/

Some of the demonstrators calling for his conviction outside the courthouse this week described the teen as a racist, White supremacist and killer. Counterprotesters argued that he had a right to defend himself. The two camps have engaged in repeated shouting matches.

Protesters scuffle in the street outside of the Kenosha County CourthouseVideo
Rittenhouse, who is White, shot three White men, two of them fatally. The defense has argued self-defense while prosecutors have accused him of first-degree intentional homicide and four other felonies in connection with slayings. A sixth charge, for allegedly having the rifle illegally in his possession, was dropped. Pierce had predicted it would be dismissed more than a year ago.


“In a radio interview that I did on Breitbart just a few days after the shootings, I said that that charge should not have been brought, and that it was going to go away at some point,” he said Tuesday — a day after Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed the misdemeanor count against Rittenhouse.

Prosecutors in court argued that the teen provoked the shootings by showing up with a gun.

‘HE DEFENDED HIMSELF’: Demonstrator outside courthouse tells Fox News Digital why he’s supporting RittenhouseVideo
On Aug. 25, 2020, then-17-year-old Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, arrived in nearby Kenosha, Wisconsin, with an AR-15 and at least one friend amid protests over the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake, which left him paralyzed.

Rittenhouse faces a maximum of life in prison in connection with shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, as well as the nonfatal bullet that struck Gaige Grosskreutz, now 27. 

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