Kyle Rittenhouse suffered tremendous persecution at the hands of the state…
His only crime? Defending himself from criminals, thugs, pedophiles, domestic abusers, and looters.
As the sane portion of the country watched the trial with a tense and unyielding gaze over the injustice of trying someone for self-defense, a wave of anger washed over us.
Anger at the clear prosecutorial misconduct committed by the state’s attorney Thomas Binger.
This case is a wakeup call that we need tremendous prosecutorial and criminal justice reform in this country, and one Oklahoma state lawmaker aims to deliver.
According to sources, Rep. Nathan Dahm has introduced a bill known as “Kyle’s Law” in an attempt to curb prosecutorial misconduct in cases relating to self-defense.
Take a look:
Oklahoma state Sen. Nathan Dahm (R) announced on Tuesday plans to file SB 1120 to protect Oklahomans and ensure that using self-defense does not result in being criminally charged and taken to trial for “political reasons.” (Twtr blocked posting the link to this).
— i_ub2 (@i_ub2) November 28, 2021
KFOR, a local NBC affiliate, had more on the story:
Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, today filed Senate Bill 1120.
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 jury got it right—finding Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges. The fact that charges were brought before any serious investigation is evidence that the government was motivated by politics, which itself should be considered criminal.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) November 19, 2021
NEW Kyle Rittenhouse: “DA Thomas Binger is a corrupt prosecutor who wanted to make a name for himself … he knew I was innocent, but wanted to put me away for the rest of my life. This case had nothing to do with politics, but people brought politics into it to fit their agenda.”
— Murray 🇺🇸 (@Rothbard1776) November 24, 2021
Here’s the full press release from Oklahoma’s.gov wesbite:
Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has filed legislation to ensure Oklahomans who use self-defense won’t have to face trial for political reasons. If the measure becomes law, victims of malicious prosecution would be able to receive compensation for expenses and damages. Dahm filed Senate Bill 1120, called Kyle’s Law, on Tuesday.
Kyle Rittenhouse was recently acquitted of all charges in the deaths of two men and the wounding of a third during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020. Rittenhouse had claimed self-defense in the shootings.
“Kyle Rittenhouse should never have been charged. The video evidence from early on showed it was lawful self-defense,” Dahm said. “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.”
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. 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.”
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.
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. Under the legislation, a prosecutor may be held personally liable to a claimant if malicious prosecution is established.