As Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial neared its conclusion in a Wisconsin courtroom this week, the presiding judge dismissed one of the accusations against him and warned the jury, “You will pay no mind to the opinions of anyone,” as they prepared to begin deliberations on homicide charges against him.
Judge Bruce Schroeder dropped one misdemeanor count of unauthorized possession of a deadly weapon by a person under the age of 18 on Monday, Nov. 15, weakening Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger and James Kraus’ case.
The streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, were in a state of civic turmoil following the August 2020 shooting by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey that left Jacob Blake crippled. Many saw the incident as the latest provocation in a summer of outrages by police against African-Americans.
On Aug. 25, 2020, a then-17-year-old Rittenhouse shot and killed Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and wounded a third man during a night of rallies in downtown Kenosha.
Rittenhouse faces charges of intentional homicide in the killing of Huber and reckless homicide in the death of Rosenbaum.
Explaining Rittenhouse’s purchase of the AR15, which he couldn’t lawfully buy.
“Did Dominick Black do something wrong?” pic.twitter.com/UsDhHCOsV2
Andrew Havranek (@Andrew Havranek) (@Andrew Havranek) (@Andrew Havranek) (@Andre 15 November 2021
The prosecution argued that the youngster, who had crossed state lines from Illinois, was not legally allowed to possess the pistol, and that this information should be considered by the jury while making their decision.
Schroeder, on the other hand, was not convinced.
A misdemeanor charge against Kyle Rittenhouse for illegally possessing the AR-15-style gun he used to kill two men and wound a third in what he claims was self-defense was dismissed by the judge at his murder trial. pic.twitter.com/JSrhYmVTIg https://t.co/Hy3q8QtQSq pic.twitter.com/JSrhYmVTIg
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He dismissed the misdemeanor weapons allegation, which could have resulted in nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine for Rittenhouse, who is now 18 years old.
Despite this defeat, on Monday, the prosecution delivered a powerful closing argument.
“So examine, for example, whether it’s courageous or honorable to provoke and shoot unarmed individuals,” Binder remarked to the jury during his closing statements.
He went on to say, “They enjoy the pleasure of going about and ordering others what to do.” “Without the courage or honor to back it up, and without the legal authority to do so,” says the author.
“When you’re the one who brought the gun,” he added, “you forfeit your right to self-defense.”
RIGHT NOW — The prosecutor in the Rittenhouse trial believes that “when you’re the one who brought the gun, you forfeit the right to self-defense.”
November 15, 2021 — Disclose.tv (@disclosetv)
The prosecutor made one of the most spectacular demonstrations when he showed a video of Rittenhouse holding a fire extinguisher on the night of the killings, setting it down, taking up his AR-15-style weapon, and aiming it at the crowd.
According to NBC News, he “recreated the scenario for jurors” by fully removing the gun used that night. On that fateful night, he raised it in the same fire posture as the accused did when killing his victims.
In Case You Didn’t See It….
“Pointing a Gun at People is a CRIME.”
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Judge Schroeder stood there passively watching the show. The day ended with both sides presenting closing statements, the prosecution delivering a response to the defense closing argument, and Schroeder giving the jury a final set of instructions before they begin deliberations Tuesday morning. In anticipation of the trial’s outcome, the city of Kenosha is preparing for probable turmoil.