The verdict has not yet been reached in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Meanwhile, the judge is causing the hustle and bustle.
Update from Thursday, November 18, 2021, 9.25 a.m.: The US is still waiting for the verdict in the murder trial against Kyle Rittenhouse. Even on the second day of their deliberations, the jury could not come to an agreement. However, she checked several key video evidence depicting the Kenosha shootings on August 25, 2020. Today, Thursday, the jury will resume its deliberations.
Meanwhile, the judge presiding over Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial is making amazing headlines once again. When explaining his decision as to why he had allowed Rittenhouse to choose the names of the six jurors who would not be on the final jury of twelve.
Judge Bruce Schroeder went far to set out his reasons. The last time he allowed a clerk to choose names, Schroeder said, was about two decades ago in a trial with a black defendant. That looked very bad at the time, said Schroeder, for the following reason: The clerk had chosen “a black, the black, the only black” for the jury pool. “People just feel better when they are in control, so I’ve followed the policy since then that the accused make the selection.”
“I think people feel better when they have control.”
Watch Judge Bruce Schroeder explain the “bizarre and unusual” moment when he had Kyle Rittenhouse pick his jurors “out of the tumbler” on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/GVmZJrlRIi
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) November 17, 2021
Rittenhouse process divides USA: racist abuse from Trump fans
Update from Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 10:45 a.m.: The trial against Kyle Rittenhouse continues to divide the USA. A verdict has not yet been passed, but in front of the courthouse in Kenosha two factions have now faced each other more or less irreconcilably. Clearly, before the verdict against Rittenhouse, there is a sense of unease in the city.
“Black Lives Matter,” called one of the two groups. “Self-defense is not a crime,” replied the other group. But as journalist Sergio Olmos showed in a Twitter thread, it did not always end with these rather harmless verbal skirmishes. At one point the situation almost escalated when a white man, who could be recognized as a fan of former President Donald Trump by his hat, almost fought a fight with a black man. In the end it was a push and the racist exclamation that he should finally get out of the field with his black bottom.
“Move your black ass back”
Outside the Kenosha courthouse, tension between Kyle Rittenhouse supporters and Black Lives Matter activists pic.twitter.com/ogzCnf62eO
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) November 16, 2021
The protests by the two sides clearly show what the trial means for the millions of people watching the case in the state of Wisconsin and across the United States. For some, Rittenhouse is a gun-crazy teenager who simply took the judiciary into his own hands and simply shot three people on an anti-racism demonstration – two men lost their lives in the process. Others see an innocent man in Rittenhouse who was attacked by a violent mob at the demonstration on August 25, 2020 and who used his weapon in self-defense.
Rittenhouse is charged with negligent homicide, premeditated homicide, and attempted homicide. He has pleaded not guilty on all counts.
Rittenhouse divides the USA: Now the jury decides on his fate
First report from November 16, 2021: Kenosha – He is still a teenager. On August 25, 2020, the then 17-year-old Kyle R. set off for Kenosha in the US state of Wisconsin with a semi-automatic rifle. There he joined armed men who said they wanted to protect businesses from looting.
Because the city was in turmoil at that time. After a police officer seriously wounded the black Jacob Blake with multiple shots in the back, numerous people gathered to protest against racism and police violence. The demos were not always peaceful, sometimes under the banner of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
And then suddenly two people were dead, 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber, shot by Kyle R. A third man, Gaige Grosskreutz (26), was seriously injured.
Kenosha: Trump stands behind the shooter
The case seemed clear. But the situation was not that simple. The process is politically charged and is causing a sensation nationwide, as it is related to the Black Lives Matter protests. So the right-wing mobilized in the US. For them, the teenager became a true folk hero, who was almost hymnically adored by many. One example is the right-wing conservative author Ann Coulter, who tweeted on August 27, 2020 that she would like to see the shooter from Kenosha as president.
And the then President Donald Trump fully supported the teenager: He was “in great trouble” because demonstrators had “violently attacked” him, Trump said at the time. “He would probably have been killed.” In any case, Trump repeatedly blamed left groups such as the Antifa for the riots on the sidelines of the protests of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kenosha Trial: Judgment is Imminent
Now the judgment is imminent. A jury jury will start its work today, Tuesday (November 16, 2021). The teen’s lawyers are hoping for an acquittal. They argue that the then 17-year-old acted in self-defense and that the men attacked him. The prosecution denied this, saying it was Kyle R. who “provoked” the situation. He was “to be found guilty on all counts”. The teenager himself had said in court that he “did nothing wrong” but “defended himself”.
The charges include murder. The not undisputed judge Bruce Schroeder asked the jury not to be guided “by sympathy, passion, prejudice or political attitudes”. The opinion of “the President of the United States or that of his predecessor” should not play a role, said Schroeder, referring to Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump.
Kenosha: fear of new unrest
But it’s not that simple. After the presidency of Donald Trump, the country is more divided than ever before. And the Kenosha process is also about which side the people in the USA are on. For some, Kyle R. is a hero, for others he’s just a murderer. It can hardly be assumed that the judgment will be accepted equally by both sides. There is already great fear of renewed excesses.
In any case, Wisconsin’s Governor Tony Evers has already put 500 members of the state’s National Guard on standby as a precaution should there be unrest after a verdict. (cs)