Tennessee Republican Introduces ‘Kyle’s Law’ To ‘Strengthen Protection Of Self-Defense’ In Honor Of Kyle Rittenhouse


A Tennessee lawmaker has introduced legislation to compensate defendants charged with criminal homicide who are found not guilty for reasons of self-defense.

The proposal, called “Kyle’s Law,” is named for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old Illinois man acquitted of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, and other serious felonies in the shooting deaths of two men at a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges by a jury of his peers, who determined he acted in self-defense.

“Kyle’s Law” states that a defendant can make a motion for reimbursement following a not-guilty verdict and the court would determine how much the defendant is entitled to. There is an exception that lets the court deny reimbursement in a case where the defendant’s actions were found to be justified but the defendant was engaged in criminal conduct.

The bill’s author, Republican state Rep. Bruce Griffey, told WZTV his bill was named “in honor of Kyle Rittenhouse” and that its purpose is to “strengthen protection of self-defense and Second Amendment rights in the state.”

“Kyle Rittenhouse had to defend himself not only against a first-degree murder charge over the course of a year-plus politically-motivate… (Read more)

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