Jury to return for third day of deliberations in Kyle Rittenhouse trial – follow live

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The jurors in the homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse ended the second day of deliberation without reaching a verdict in the case. They reviewed several key pieces of video evidence that traced the shootings in Kenosha on 25 August 2020 and will return to the courthouse on Thursday to begin the third day of deliberations.

Meanwhile, Republican representative Matt Gaetz said he hopes that Mr Rittenhouse gets a “not guilty verdict” and suggested he wanted to hire the accused as a congressional intern.

Mr Rittenhouse, 18, is facing five felony charges for shooting three men in the aftermath of police brutality protests that night. The most serious charges are first-degree homicide for the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber.

Defence attorneys called for a mistrial a second time on 17 November, as Mr Rittenhouse’s legal team objected to one piece of video evidence following a series of arguments about technology used to transfer and review video files.

Earlier this week, attorneys filed a motion for a mistrial with prejudice – which would mean Mr Rittenhouse cannot be tried again on the same charges – after objecting to a line of questioning from state prosecutors in cross-examination against Mr Rittenhouse during last week’s proceedings.

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New questions surface with the Rittenhouse case: What makes a fair trial?

As Kyle Rittenhouse‘s trial has played out in the Kenosha courtroom of Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder, moments of apparent deference to the defendant have struck many observers as curiously different from how murder proceedings often unfold.

Schroeder addressed some of these observations Wednesday, saying “people should have confidence in the outcome of the trial.” He called some coverage of the case “frightening.”

Schroeder, the longest-serving circuit judge in Wisconsin, said he’s been letting defendants draw jury alternates’ numbers for an estimated 20 years.

He explained Wednesday that he started doing it after the trial of a Black man when there was only one Black person on the jury and that person was dismissed after the court clerk drew the juror as an alternate.

Schroeder said that while there was nothing wrong with the way the alternate was picked, the optics looked bad.

Since then he said he’s had an almost universal policy of having defendants draw alternates. Legal experts said that might be unconventional, but not necessarily wrong. Schroeder said he hasn’t had any complaints in this case, and suggested that those who were dissatisfied were trying to undermine the results of the trial.

Charlene Rodrigues18 November 2021 07:46


Five schools in Kenosha go virtual over safety concerns

Five schools in Kenosha are going virtual this week over concerns for the safety of staff and students due to the schools’ proximity to the Kenosha County Courthouse.

These include Brass Elementary, Frank Elementary School, Harborside Academy, Reuther Central High School and Washington Middle School, reported ABC-affiliate WISN.

“While we have not been advised of any existing imminent danger, we feel this is the best course of action to protect our students and staff during an uncertain time. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement to receive support as needed in the days and weeks ahead,” said Kenosha Unified School District in a message to parents cited by the TV news station.

Kenosha County Sheriffs deputies watch as media and protesters gather in front of the county courthouse while the jury deliberates the case of Kyle Rittenhouse on 16 November 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Namita Singh18 November 2021 07:06


Attorney explains Judge Schroeder’s jury selection process

As the judge presiding over Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial came under scrutiny once again for allowing Mr Rittenhouse to pick the names of the six jurors, a defence attorney practicing in Kenosha court for 54 years said that this is how the judge normally conducts himself.

“It’s not just because it’s Kyle Rittenhouse, he does this in everybody’s case,” Terry Rose, told ABC affiliate WKOW.

“There is nothing wrong with it,” Mr Rose, said of judge Bruce Schroeder’s decision to allow Rittenhouse the draw the alternate jurors names out in his murder trial. “It does not tilt the case either way. When a defendant sticks his hand in the cylinder, pulls out a piece of paper, he can’t see what’s on that paper.”

Judge Bruce Schroeder speaks to the attorneys during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on 17 November 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Namita Singh18 November 2021 06:57


Rittenhouse trial ‘a symbol of the Trump movement’

Right-wing political commentator Dinesh D’Souza told Fox News on Wednesday that Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial is being portrayed as “a kind of symbol of the Trump movement”.

“This isn’t just a trial about Rittenhouse,” he said. “In fact the prosecution early on was very eager to show him fraternising or associating with the Proud Boys.

“They wanted to try to make Rittenhouse a symbol for Trump’s America. By contrast, the rioters, the looters, the arsonists — this is Antifa. These are the people that the media has protected for a year.

“And if you were to read media accounts of this confrontation, you would never get a sense of who these people are or what these people were doing or the violence they were engaging in or the fact that they chased Kyle Rittenhouse and not the other way around.”

Claiming that assistant district attorney Thomas Binger is acting as “the apologist for the left-wing narrative,” D’Souza said: “They want to get Rittenhouse because they want him to be a stand-in, if you will, for the whole Make America Great Again movement.”

Namita Singh18 November 2021 05:46


Tucker Carlson guest rants about ‘where we are as a country’

Conservative shock jock Jesse Kelly went on a bizarre rant about “man-hating feminists” running the country on Wednesday’s edition of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.

Arguing that the prosecution believes Kyle Rittenhouse “should not have stopped the street animals from burning down Kenosha”, Kelly said: “They believe they have a right before God, their communist God, to burn this country down.”

He was responding to Carlson, who asked Kelly, whether “you don’t have a right to protect your own life?”

“That’s the take-away they’re going to get from it, Tucker, because it’s their entire world view,” said Kelly.

“It’s hard for Americans to accept, it’s hard for me to accept where we are as a country. Where we are is people in positions of power now, they’re the crazed nut job that used to be on the street corner protesting, the man-hating feminist who used to hide in her apartment hammering Nutter Butters. These people are now CEOs, they’re district attorneys, they’re senators, they’re presidents, and that’s why you see this.”

“They genuinely believe Kyle Rittenhouse should not have stopped the street animals from burning down Kenosha, or any other city. They believe they have a right before God, their communist God, to burn this country down.”

“I love Nutter Butters,” responded Carlson. “I am sorry to say that. I am not defending feminism in any way but I can’t resist.

“So what’s our reaction to this,” asked Carlson. “You gotta think that the people watching this trial, no matter what the outcome is, will conclude you really can’t defend yourself in the country. Like, how could you?”

“I don’t think people want to hear what we have to do Tucker,” responded Kelly. “Because what we have to do is get out of Blue areas. You are not safe in area that is blue now in this country,” he said apparently referring to the states with Democrats in power.

“Not because of street mobs either because of exactly what you are seeing here. Because the…

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