Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyer says he’s gotten many death threats

Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyer says he’s getting so many death threats, he can’t use his cell phone.

Mark Richards told Insider.com on Saturday that he “can’t count” the number of death threats, noting, “It’s too high.”

Richards lead the defense of the now 18-year-old Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty Friday for shooting three people, two of whom died, during a Black Lives Matter protest in August 2020.

When the calls started about three weeks ago, Richards said, he could “fluff off” the threats, but the intensity ratcheted up after Rittenhouse’s acquittal.

“By the time I left the courthouse yesterday and started answering my phone, the first three calls were death threats, and I just quit answering my phone,” Richards said.

The attorney tried using his wife’s cellphone but said her number was also targeted by people making death threats.

Lawyer Mark Richards said he started receiving death threat calls approximately three weeks ago.
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Kyle Rittenhouse, left, listens to his attorney, Mark Richards, as he takes the stand during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Richards says death threats are also being sent to his wife’s phone.
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Lead attorney Mark Richards gives his closing argument during Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 15, 2021.
Lead attorney Mark Richards gives his closing argument during Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 15, 2021.
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“I would love for things to change, for people to talk to one another without fighting, but, unfortunately, I don’t see it changing it any time soon,” the attorney said.

“I’m going through my emails, there are threatening emails too,” Richards added.

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