Rittenhouse Defense Attorney 'Abandons' Phone Due To Death Threats

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 22 November 2021 10:50

The attorney who successfully defended Kyle Rittenhouse against criminal charges claims he has been so inundated with death threats that he was forced to stop using his cell phone.

Defense lawyer Mark Richards revealed to Insider that he has opted to switch to using his wife's cell phone after receiving more threatening calls than he can count following Friday's verdict.

"By the time I left the courthouse yesterday and started answering my phone, the first three calls were death threats, and I just quit answering my phone," Richards told the outlet.

"I'm going through my emails, there are threatening emails too," he noted as well.

"I would love for things to change, for people to talk to one another without fighting, but, unfortunately, I don't see it changing any time soon."

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Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges after a jury found he acted in self-defense in shooting and killing two men and wounding a third during confrontations amid anti-police protests in 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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The case inflamed political passions across the country, with conservatives embracing Rittenhouse as a symbol of gun rights and violence, as liberals trashed the not-guilty verdict as unfair or racist.

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Richards has said that his focus was solely on defending his client, and not advancing political agendas.

"I was hired by the two first lawyers. I'm not going to use their names," Richards told reporters on Friday. "They wanted to use Kyle for a cause and something that I think was inappropriate - and I don't represent causes. I represent clients."

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Richards said that to him, the only thing that mattered was 'whether he was found guilty or not.'

The verdict marked a career-defining trial for Richards and his co-counsel, Corey Chirafisi.

Richards, a Racine-based criminal defense attorney, convinced the jury to dismiss charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree attempted intentional homicide and first-degree reckless endangerment.

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The 59-year-old lawyer has spent most of his career representing clients accused of homicide, drug charges, sexual assault, burglary, and other crimes, after earning his law degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1987.

Richards is reportedly well known and respected in legal circles, having served as a prosecutor in Kenosha and Racine counties before starting his own practice in 1990. He is currently a partner at Richards & Dimmer, S.C.

On his firm's website, he boasts of his 'leave no stone unturned' type of representation, his experience working on 'over 100 jury trials' - which he describes ranging from 'simple two-day' DUI cases to 'month-long' homicide trials.

Brian Dimmer, Richards's partner at their Racine law firm, maintains that his colleague's best asset is being able to 'exude confidence from the position of his client,' and added that juries 'are captivated by that confidence.'

A Journal Times feature 20 years ago described Richards as 'hot-headed, impulsive and loud.'

His former associate Christy Hall said Richards was 'abrupt, both inside and outside of the court,' in a 2001 interview.

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