The defense reacts
Richards, Rittenhouse’s attorney, argued in his motion that Rittenhouse and his family had received threats in various forms, the most recent of which came on January 25. When Rittenhouse was released from prison in November, police requested defense attorneys not to provide the safe house address, Richards said.
An attorney working with Richards, Corey Chirafisi, emailed Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger on Nov. 30 if he could seal the safe house address, but Binger refused, on Richards’ motion.
“It is noteworthy that the state has only now decided to file a bond increase motion in this case, despite corresponding with Attorney Chirafisi over two months ago about Kyle’s change of residence,” wrote Richards.
Richards emphasized that Rittenhouse had made all of his court appearances and was in constant contact with him. He provided the judge with the address of the safe house as part of a separate application requesting the seal.
According to a report from the Law & Crime sales outlet, Rittenhouse District Attorney John Pierce wrote in a court case on Wednesday: “Because of the threats against Kyle, I was concerned for his immediate safety upon transition from police custody … Because of these concerns, I have Kyle’s release from custody coordinated with Captain Bill Beth of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office a few days prior to the actual release of his bond. “