Judge Denies New Arrest Warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse

A Wisconsin judge has denied to issue a new arrest warrant and increase bail for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old charged with killing two people and wounding a third during protests in Kenosha last summer.

Prosecutors had asked for a new arrest warrant and to increase bail by $200,000, alleging that Rittenhouse violated conditions of his bail by failing to update the court of his new home address.

Rittenhouse’s attorneys argued that the new address was withheld due to threats to Rittenhouse’s safety.

Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder aid he had no authority to issue a new arrest warrant because Rittenhouse did not violate any Wisconsin law while he was on bail. He also ruled that the violation was not a reason to increase bail.

Schroeder also ordered Rittenhouse’s team to give the address to the court, but agreed to keep it sealed, denying prosecutors access to the information.

Schroeder said that if the prosecutors want to know Rittenhouse’s whereabouts, they would have to go to the sheriff’s office.

“We don’t need to have people’s safety in jeopardy in any way. So, I think that the desire that the… defendant’s address be kept from public scrutiny is a legitimate one,” Schroeder said.

“To cut us out of this information is not appropriate. We have never been denied this information in any case I’ve ever heard of,” Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said after the hearing ended.

Rittenhouse has been accused of killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and seriously wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during protests after the police shooting of Jacob Blake last August.

Rittenhouse was released on a $2 million bail last November, which was mostly donated by right-wing activists and conservative celebrities.

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