The recent ruling from a Wisconsin federal judge that allows to proceed a wrongful death lawsuit against Kyle Rittenhouse has been met with disappointment. The lawsuit was filed by John Huber, the father of Anthony Huber who was shot and killed by Rittenhouse during a 2020 riot in Kenosha.
Though Rittenhouse was acquitted of all criminal charges a year and a half ago in the murder trial of Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, Huber is claiming that law enforcement allowed a dangerous situation that violated his son’s constitutional rights and led to his death.
Rittenhouse’s attorney’s argued at the trial that the then-17-year-old was acting in self-defense after being attacked from behind when he shot Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, as well as deceased Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26 in the riots following the police shooting of a 29-year-old Black man, Jacob Blake. The jury ultimately found Rittenhouse not guilty on five counts including first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, and Judge Bruce Schroeder had previously dismissed two additional counts related to his weapon.
And yet, despite Rittenhouse’s acquittal, Huber’s civil rights lawsuit against him and other defendants including law enforcement, was allowed to proceed by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman and Rittenhouse tweeted in response: “We still have a long fight ahead of us this ruling was disappointing but expected. I respect the judges decision.”
It’s a case with a number of complexities and it’s hard to ignore the way the justice system has been so heavily politicized in this case.
It’s a situation that highlights the need for a more comprehensive review of the justice system in these types of cases, where the decisions are based on facts and evidence, and where the outcome is rooted in the law, not politics.
I’m not sure what will happen to Rittenhouse in this new case. He was found to have been acting in self-defense in the original criminal case so it’s a little surprising that a judge would allow a ‘wrongful death’ suit to proceed.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.