Rittenhouse Defense Attorney: Victim Was a Sex Offender


By Hannah Claire Brimelow

One of the men Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed last year was a sex offender and intended to take Rittenhouse’s gun, according to his attorney. 

As a sex offender, Mark Richards argues, Joseph Rosenbaum would not have been legally allowed to own a firearm. The lawyer wrote in court filings that Rosenbaum attacked Rittenhouse with the intention of taking his weapon. 

Rosenbaum was convicted of having sex with a minor in 2002 in Arizona. Documents from Pima County Arizona Court of Clerks allegedly show he “was charged by a grand jury with 11 counts of child molestation and inappropriate sexual activity around children, including sodomy,” according to Law Enforcement Today.

An attorney for Rosenbaum’s estate said in a phone interview with AP News, “We believe strongly that Mr. Rittenhouse was the aggressor and his actions were not lawful.” 

Last summer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a white police officer, Officer Rusten Sheskey, shot and paralyzed a black man, James Blake, during a call to a domestic disturbance.  

The demonstrations that followed “gave way to clashes that ended with $50 million in damages, including burned buildings, looted stores, and the shuttering of a majority of black-owned businesses in uptown Kenosha,” according to the Washington Examiner. 

Businesses called on local militias to help them protect their livelihoods. 

Because of this request, Kyle Rittenhouse left his home Antioch, Illinois on August 25, 2020 and ultimately shot three protestors. Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, were killed and the other was wounded. He turned himself in to police hours after the event. 

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, is facing charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.  

His lawyers believe he acted in self-defense. They point to multiple cellphone videos that capture the event in question. In the documents, Richard said, “Huber hit Rittenhouse with a skateboard and tried to grab his gun” while the third victim, Gaige Grosskreutz, “pointed a pistol at him.” 

A motion has also been filed to “dismiss a charge that Rittenhouse couldn’t possess a gun because he was too young under Wisconsin law, arguing that statutes prohibit minors from possessing short-barreled shotguns and rifles, and Rittenhouse’s assault-style rifle doesn’t meet that definition,” per AP News

The case grabbed national attention during an already divisive summer. Rittenhouse was severely denounced by the Left. Harper’s Bazaar said the teen was a “white male youth” who wanted to “become a frontline mercenary for white supremacy.” Conservatives hailed him as a champion of gun rights and raised money for his bail. 

Last month, in a 17-0 vote, the Kenosha City Council denied James Blake’s request for $777,000 in “special damages.” Officer Sheskey was cleared of the shooting and has returned to work. 

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article gave the unintended impression that Timcast conducted a phone interview with Kimberley Motley, an attorney representing Joseph Rosenbaum’s estate. The prior version also attributed a quote to Mark Richards that was a quote from the AP News article linked above. Lastly, one mention of an “assault-style weapon” has been revised as a “weapon.” Additional typos and spelling errors have been corrected.  

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23 responses to “Rittenhouse Defense Attorney: Victim Was a Sex Offender”

  1. Astarr1462 says:

    Fire this lady.

  2. Astarr1462 says:

    Fire whomever wrote this article immediately. The framing is absurd, “assault style weapon” get out of here. Furthermore they can’t spell, 2 errors in 1 paragraph. Not a good look Tim.

  3. UppityG says:

    Brimelow wrote:
    “The case grabbed national tension during an already divisive summer. Rittenhouse was severely denounced by the Left. Harper’s Bazaar said the teen was a “white male youth” who wanted to “become a frontline mercenary for white supremacy.” Conservative hailed him as a champion of gun rights and raised money for his bail. ”

    I believe Brimelow meant to write:
    The case grabbed national *attention* during an already divisive summer. Rittenhouse was severely denounced by the Left. Harper’s Bazaar said the teen was a “white male youth” who wanted to “become a frontline mercenary for white supremacy.” *Conservatives* hailed him as a champion of gun rights and raised money for his bail.

    If you have someone proof reading these news posts, they’re not doing well. Old, iron-clad rule still applies: one can NEVER proof read their own work. It’s simply not humanly possible.

    Otherwise, glad to know the latest thus far. Keep going.

  4. UppityG says:

    @Trained Liars, hear, hear. I’m amazed he’s still indicted. This is a political hit job, period.

  5. UppityG says:

    I second @Digidustin’s request.

  6. UppityG says:

    @MikeG, yes, antifa is evil. You deny it yet go on to describe the evil they do. They’ve been tolerated far too long by far too many simply because the press gives them cover.

  7. Mike_G says:

    not really, theyre just missguided, lefties are good at indoctinating kids

  8. Wolv256 says:

    Antifa is evil

  9. DigiDustin says:

    it would be amazing if you guys at “Benny Manner” could find and add the full video of that night. I can’t find it any where.

  10. Rawdog says:


  11. Trained_Liars says:

    I swear to God, if Rittenhouse goes to jail for this, I will be so absolutely livid. And people should protest that just as much (passionately but not violently) as the BLM protests.

  12. Slugpudding says:

    He was not a victim. WTF?

  13. inDOCtriNATION says:

    100% accurate at this moment.

  14. Tempus says:

    Indeed, plus a few obvious typos. “with the intension”, “acted in self-dense”. Also Jacob Blake was renamed James Blake….

  15. JamoeCW says:

    “assault-style rifle” lovely AP framing. on an unrelated note: “ultimately shot three protestors.” is also pretty poor framing, since at the time they were not ‘protesting’ but attacking Rittenhouse, which is not a claim that is in dispute in the court fillings. that means that they should be 3 attackers, aggressors, or some other more accurate label.

  16. Mejones827 says:

    Comments comments. Ever think an article should be “just the facts maam” (oh snap can we still say ma’am?). This is a great article about facts. If you dont find the bias you were looking for , neither will the other side. Makes it shareable and not inflamitory! Good article

  17. Gorilla56 says:

    Some proof reading might be a good thing. This is old news about the the aggressor being convicted of of sexual crimes with persons under the age of consent. An aggressor is not a victim unless the aggressor is a victim of his own doing.

  18. deplorablewhitesupremacist says:

    This article could use some touch ups. As stated by others here, I don’t think it’s right to call the guy a ‘victim’. He was attacking Rittenhouse.

  19. Hugh-Janis1 says:

    I’m sensing a little bias in this article.

  20. ark_nok says:

    Please reconsider your headline. Typically we do not call the sex offender attacking a young person the ‘victim’ in a confrontation. If a woman used a gun to defend herself against an assailant, I bet you would not be referring to that assailant as the ‘victim’ .Why would you in this case?

    Likewise what is this about ‘ultimately shot three protestors’? The people were attacking him and part of an ongoing riot. Three rioters, three attackers, three assailants.

  21. CrazyBread says:

    Love the content, this just needs more thorough editing

  22. CraggFirearms says:

    His “victim”, was an ATTACKER. Plain and simple. These savages attacked Kyle for putting out a literal dumpster fire the mob was attempting to push into a gas station. If these useful idiots had half a brain, they would have noticed him rendering first aid to members of their lawless group. Maybe Kyle shouldn’t have been there in the first place. But when a rogue group starts burning down the town, the locals are asking for help, and the cops wouldn’t intervene, then you will get Boy Scouts like Kyle trying to JUST DO SOMETHING to stop the madness. Makes me thankful for living in a place where law enforcement works as it should. Not a whole lot of BLM/ANTIFA problems in Florida…Sheriffs clamped down on that pretty hard whenever violence sprouted up in select pockets.

  23. SKECHER_9 says:

    Three *rioters were shot. Not protestors. “Mob participants” would also describe the three that were shot.