On Nov. 23, following the Kyle Rittenhouse case, an Oklahoma senator filed legislation to hold “malicious prosecution” responsible and seek reimbursement for individuals charged with murder but later found not guilty owing to reasonable homicide.
Senate Bill 1120, also known as Kyle Law, was introduced by Senator Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow), who is preparing to run for the U.S. Senate.
In a news statement, Dahm’s office outlined the bill:
“Under Dahm’s legislation, if a person is charged with murder but is found not guilty due to justifiable homicide, the state would have to reimburse the defendant for all reasonable costs, including loss of wages, legal fees incurred, and other expenses involved in their defense. When a homicide is determined to be justified, and the accused establishes that they had sustained injury due to malicious prosecution, then that person will be awarded ‘fair and just compensation.'”
“Malice may be established if the motive for the prosecution was something other than a desire to bring an offender to justice, or that it was one with ill will or hatred, or willfully done in a wanton or oppressive manner and in conscious disregard of the claimant’s rights,” the bill added.
According to the law, prosecutors can be held personally accountable to plaintiffs if they conduct a malicious prosecution.
“It is our duty to protect the rights of the people we represent, and the right to self-defense is paramount. This bill will ensure that what happened to Kyle Rittenhouse cannot happen to the people of Oklahoma.” Dahm said according to Daily Wire.
On Aug. 25, 2020, after fatally shooting two individuals and injuring a third during a disturbance in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Rittenhouse, 18, was found not guilty of homicide. The defendant was white, as were the three individuals he shot.
Rittenhouse resides in Antioch, a suburb of Chicago, roughly 15 miles from Kenosha.