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What Kyle Rittenhouse Did After The Jury Found Him Not Guilty Has Everyone Talking

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Kyle Rittenhouse was found innocent of all charges against him Friday afternoon, but it was his reaction that went viral.

As the jury foreperson read off each count and pronounced him “innocent,” the teen began to become emotional, tears welling up in his eyes and his breathing becoming clipped and deep.

But after the final ‘innocent’ verdict was read, Rittenhouse, 18, collapsed into his seat next to his defense attorneys, whose successful defense spared him a life behind bars.

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Reaction on social media was also swift and varied, with some cheering that justice had been served while others on the political left vehemently disagreed, as the hashtag #whiteprivilege trended.

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According to The New York Times, defense lawyer Corey Chirafisi had made a separate request for a mistrial earlier this week after both sides in the case rested.

“We didn’t have the quality of evidence that the state had until the case had been closed,” he told Judge Bruce Schroeder.

The Times reported the defense is now “asking for a mistrial ‘without prejudice’ — meaning that prosecutors could refile charges — arguing that they did not have access to a high-quality video that most fully captures the first of the three shootings.”

Earlier this week, the defense team for Rittenhouse submitted a request for a mistrial.

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The defense had motioned for a mistrial with prejudice alleging that the prosecution withheld drone footage from the night Rittenhouse killed two men and injured another in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

According to The New York Times, defense lawyer Corey Chirafisi made a separate request for a mistrial.

“We didn’t have the quality of evidence that the state had until the case had been closed,” he told Judge Bruce Schroeder.

The Times reported the defense is now “asking for a mistrial ‘without prejudice’ — meaning that prosecutors could refile charges — arguing that they did not have access to a high-quality video that most fully captures the first of the three shootings.”

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