According to Kyle Rittenhouse's lead defense attorney Mark Richards, the teenager suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the Kenosha riots and is seeing a therapist for treatment.
The revelation came as the judge questioned Rittenhouse about waiving his right to overrule his attorneys during a discussion over what instructions would be provided to the jury. The prosecution and defense attorneys also discussed whether the jury would be instructed to consider “lesser included offenses,” such as the possibility of a conviction for second-degree rather than first-degree murder. The defense agreed to allow those, apparently opting for a strategy of pursuing full acquittal.
Judge Bruce Schroeder then asked whether Rittenhouse had agreed to waive his rights, and asked whether he had acted under duress. He added: “Have you ever been treated for a mental and emotional disorder?” Rittenhouse, who had answered the previous questions rapidly, paused and whispered to his attorneys. Later, Richards clarified: “His pause is — was, I believe, because he’s in therapy. I don’t think he has a mental illness or anything. As a result of this incident, he has PTSD.”
The judge asked, “Okay. But that doesn’t affect his judgement or reasoning power?”
“I don’t believe so,” Richards responded, and Rittenhouse rebutted, “No.”
Earlier this week, Rittenhouse was mocked mercilessly by the left for having an emotional breakdown during his testimony. They claimed he was fake crying, but it is pretty clear that the teen was having a full blown panic attack while recalling the traumatic experience.
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