It’s no secret Kyle Rittenhouse is going after everyone who defamed him during his 2021 trial over the events in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In fact, the Rittenhouse legal team has brought on a big name to help go after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Todd McMurtry, lawyer for Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann.
“I’ve been hired to head the effort to determine whom to sue, when to sue, where to sue,” Todd McMurtry, who now represents Rittenhouse, told Fox News Digital in a phone interview Thursday morning. “We’re going to look at everything that’s been said, determine which of those comments are legally actionable and proceed from there.”
McMurtry confirms there are at least “10-15” solid cases that Rittenhouse can pursue.
“Rittenhouse was charged with two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, and other charges after fatally shooting two men and injuring another during the Kenosha riots of 2020. He was ultimately acquitted of all charges in November of last year after testifying he acted in self-defense,” Fox News recaps.
“Though the legal process for potential defamation cases is just beginning, McMurtry singled out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for a ‘factually false’ designation on the platform that listed the Kenosha shootings as a ‘mass murder’ incident. The designation resulted in Rittenhouse’s social media accounts being pulled down and restricting positive comments about the teenager,” Fox reports.
“Let’s just use for an example what Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg said about [Rittenhouse]. They said that he was involved in a mass murder incident,” McMurtry explained. “This was not a mass murder incident. It was clearly factually false.”
“To call somebody a mass murderer is seriously defamatory. And then to use the power of social media to basically … censor any views that would take opposition to that mass murderer statement is a serious effort to destroy his character. And it was seriously mistaken and seriously defamatory.”
McMurtry added that Zuckerberg is “certainly going to be at the top of your list” when examining what potentially false statements are legally actionable “because he has an outsized voice.”
“Facebook has an outsized voice, they can do a lot of damage, as compared to somebody maybe who has a small blog with 100 subscribers. But we’re going to look at everything that we have access to and that’s been published, and decide which ones are actionable,” he added.
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— Will Ricciardella (@WillRicci) June 2, 2022