Kyle Rittenhouse’s new lawyer, Todd McMurtry, has started to lay out his client’s legal strategy regarding coming lawsuits, warning that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is “certainly at the top of the list.”
McMurtry, who famously won huge settlements for Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann, spoke to Fox News Digital about Rittenhouse’s looming defamation cases.
Without naming a full list, McMurtry said the legal team has “10 to 15 solid cases” against “large defendants.”
Curiously, he said Mark Zuckerberg is at the top of the list because Facebook has such an “outsized voice.”
According to Fox News, “Facebook and Instagram designated the shooting during the Kenosha riot a ‘mass murder incident’ before a trial or verdict, with the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board arguing in 2020 that such a designation hurt the teenager’s shot at due process and called the move an “alarming resort to censorship.”
McMurtry said: “I’ve been hired to head the effort to determine whom to sue, when to sue, where to sue.
“We’re going to look at everything that’s been said, determine which of those comments are legally actionable, and proceed from there.”
McMurtry added it is “pretty much assured” there’s going to be “10 to 15 solid cases” against “large defendants.”
He said: “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.
“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.
“Zuckerberg is certainly going to be at the top of your list.
“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.”
McMurtry also talked about damages and issued a warning saying he knew “for a fact Rittenhouse can prove that his job prospects are permanently diminished.”
He added that he believed he could prove another claim that could result in major damages being paid to Rittenhouse.
He said: “What they call perpetual reputational harm, which means that Kyle is never going to have an interaction with anybody where they don’t know who he is.
“This is going to follow him around for the rest of his life.
“Everybody’s going to prejudge him in every new interaction that he has with everybody for the rest of his life, and that’s called perpetual reputational harm.”