Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense lawyer ripped CNN and MSNBC for allegedly false reports and bungling “basic facts” amid his client’s high-profile trial.
Mark Richards told Fox News on Sunday that much of the initial media coverage regarding his 18-year-old client was “wrong,” saying “the trial proved that.”
Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges Friday over the shootings in Kenosha, Wis. last year that left two men dead and another injured.
“It’s false and it makes me angry that they can’t take the time to at least get the generic, basic facts correct because it didn’t fit in the story they wanted to tell,” Richards said of the media outlets.
The attorney specifically targeted MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Joy Reid over the alleged false claims they — or their guests — made about Rittenhouse.
“Just in the last two weeks … when I hear Joe Scarborough say my client shot his gun 60 times — that’s wrong,” Richards said.
“When I hear some guest host on Joy Reid say that my client drove four hours to go to a riot with his AR — that’s wrong.”
Asked if he would offer guidance to Rittenhouse about taking legal action against the media outlets over the reporting, Richards said he didn’t handle civil cases as a criminal lawyer.
Richards said no civil action has been filed by Rittenhouse, or on behalf of him, thus far.
“When I got involved in this case and there were a couple of other prominent lawyers who were involved and trying to make some calls and I said, ‘Look, all of your riches and civil lawsuits are going nowhere if this kid is found guilty of anything,’” Richards said.
“So let’s worry about what’s important.”
The jury cleared Rittenhouse of homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment charges in the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, on Aug. 25, 2020.
Rittenhouse was 17 when he brought a semiautomatic rifle and a medical kit to Kenosha in what he said was an effort to protect businesses as riots broke out over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down.
Richards had argued throughout the trial that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he opened fire.