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Illinois defends plan to send teen to Wisconsin in 2 deaths

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FILE - In this screen grab from live stream video, Kyle Rittenhouse appears via video during a hearing at the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Waukegan, Ill., on Sept. 25, 2020, in his case. (Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court via AP)

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Any claims about what happened in Wisconsin have no role in whether to extradite an Illinois teenager to that state to face charges in the killing of two protesters, prosecutors said Thursday.

The state’s attorney in Lake County, Illinois, filed a response to Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorneys, who are trying to stop him from being transferred to Kenosha, Wisconsin, The Daily Herald reported. A court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Rittenhouse, 17, is accused of fatally shooting two protesters and injuring another on Aug. 25 during unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, who is Black. Rittenhouse, who is white, surrendered to police in his hometown, Antioch, Illinois.

Rittenhouse’s legal team is raising technicalities about typographical errors in documents, said prosecutors, who called it a “red herring.”

“The Illinois arrest citation had nothing to do with the governor’s grant of extradition nor is it relevant to this limited hearing on this matter,” prosecutors said.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a warrant to return Rittenhouse to Wisconsin after a request from Gov. Tony Evers.

Rittenhouse’s attorneys said extraditing him “would be to turn him over to the mob.”

Prosecutors said the circumstances of the shootings have no role in whether to transfer Rittenhouse across the state border.

“This is an extradition hearing. It bears repeating: an extradition hearing,” the court filing said.

If convicted of first-degree homicide, Rittenhouse would be sentenced to life in prison.

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    Mary Jones-Giampalo

    October 18, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Let’s not kid ourselves, if Rittenhouse were black he’d be extradited, no questions asked…I grew up in suburban Lake County, and the majority of residents are clearly racist…I now live in suburban West Central Wisconsin and it’s just as bad…

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