Days after Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on homicide charges in the shooting deaths of two men during riots last year in Wisconsin, an Oklahoma Republican state senator has introduced legislation to protect citizens of his state who act in self-defense from “malicious prosecution.”
Rittenhouse killed two men and injured another last August in Kenosha as riots enveloped the city. The then-17-year-old had come to Kenosha to protect businesses and people from violent, looting protesters.
While he was initially charged with the Wisconsin equivalent of murder, Rittenhouse argued that he had acted in self-defense. Video evidence of his encounters with the three men he shot appeared to back this up, and earlier this month, a jury acquitted him.
Now, Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Nathan Dahm wants to make sure what happened to Rittenhouse never happens to anyone in his state.
“Kyle Rittenhouse should never have been charged. The video evidence from early on showed it was lawful self-defense,” Dahm said in a statement. “It is our duty to protect the rights of the people we represent, and the right to self-defense is paramount. This bill will ensure that what happened to Kyle Rittenhouse cannot happen to the people of Oklahoma.”
The Republican senator’s press release described what, specifically, his bill would do.
“Under Dahm’s legislation, if a person is charged with murder but is found not guilty due to justifiable homicide, the state would have to reimburse the defendant for all reasonable costs, including loss of wages, legal fees incurred, and other expenses involved in their defense,” the press release said. “When a homicide is determined to be justified and the accused establishes that they had sustained injury due to malicious prosecution, then that person will be awarded ‘fair and just compensation.'”
And that’s not all.
“SB 1120 further states that in order to support a claim of malicious prosecution, the claimant must establish that the prosecution was instituted or instigated by the prosecutor and was without probable cause; that the prosecution had legally and finally been terminated in favor of the claimant; and that as a result of the criminal prosecution, the claimant sustained injury,” the media release added.
“Malice may be established if the motive for the prosecution was something other than a desire to bring an offender to justice, or that it was one with ill will or hatred, or willfully done in a wanton or oppressive manner and in conscious disregard of the claimant’s rights,” it concluded. “Under the legislation, a prosecutor may be held personally liable to a claimant if malicious prosecution is established.”
In the immediate aftermath of the Rittenhouse shooting, countless figures on the left, including then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, rushed to condemn him.
Biden tied Rittenhouse to white supremacy at least twice, even though there was zero credible evidence that the teenager held racist views, Fox News reported.
Even after Rittenhouse was acquitted, Biden said the not-guilty verdict made him “angry.”