Wisconsin judge in Kyle Rittenhouse case denies request for increased bail, new arrest warrant

Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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A Wisconsin judge Thursday declined a prosecutor's request to have Kyle Rittenhouse arrested until he posts another $200,000 bail and reveals where he's living.

But the circuit judge did order Rittenhouse's attorney to disclose his client's address, under seal, to the court and the sheriff's office, but not to the District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors say Rittenhouse,18, charged with fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third during violent protests last August in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been in violation of his bail conditions because he never updated the address he had listed on jail records.

But his former lawyers had been clear that even before posting the $2 million bail in November, that Rittenhouse's family had left their Antioch, Illinois, apartment, citing death threats. After release, the lawyer repeatedly said Rittenhouse, his mother and sisters were staying at an undisclosed location.

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At a Zoom hearing Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger admitted that he was aware earlier that Rittenhouse was staying at a hotel or some other location, but that he only realized last month that his family had permanently left their Antioch address.

Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder noted Rittenhouse has appeared when required since he was freed on bail in November, and has not been accused of committing another serious offense, only of failing to update his address. Schroeder said many defendants out on bail make that error and are told to correct it, not arrested and hit with an increased bail.

Kyle Rittenhouse
Kyle Rittenhouse

"My client will appear," said defense attorney Mark Richards. "He looks forward to litigating this. We have nothing to fear. The truth will set my client free."

At Rittenhouse's initial bail hearing, victims and attorneys for victims called for an even higher bail – $4 million – while Richards argued $750,000 was more than adequate to assure Rittenhouse returned to court, because, the lawyer said, he had such a strong self-defense to the charges.

Prosecutors first sought to modify Rittenhouse's bail conditions after he was seen at a tavern posing with men making a sign often linked to white supremacists, drinking beer (with his mother present) and wearing a shirt that read "Free as F***." His website says he didn't know the men or that the OK sign is often used by white supremacists.

Schroeder then prohibited Rittenhouse from consuming alcohol or knowingly associating with hate groups.

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