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The Rittenhouse Judge loses it

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Strange things continue to happen in the USA, especially on the legal front with some startling developments in the case of what might as well now be called The Clinton Dossier and the rich connections between the Clinton Campaign and Russians.

But what’s probably getting more public attention is the trial of young Mr Rittenhouse, which has been underway for several days now.

As you may recall, during the Mostly Peaceful Protests of 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where many buildings were burned by BLM/Antifa gangs roaming the streets after a Black man was shot by local police, 17 year-old Rittenhouse joined a group of people trying to protect businesses from being trashed and was issued a rifle.

In the midst of this mayhem, Rittenhouse shot three Antifa protestors, killing two and injuring one. He claimed self-defence.

Against expectations the trial has not gone well for the prosecution.

Among other things the key takeaways from this are as follows.

First, FBI drone video showed Rittenhouse clearly been chased by all these people, not the reverse. One interesting question arising from this is that the defence only found out about this video as the trial started: the FBI sat on it for a year. Irrelevant to the trial but a fascinating question arising from this is how much surveillance of such protests is done by the FBI.

Second, the main police detective simply would not indulge the prosecution continually trying to say that Rosenbaum was “falling” towards Rittenhouse when the latter shot him. The detective insisted that every witness they interviewed, plus photos and video showed Rosenbaum “lunging” for Rittenhouse.

Third, a key prosecution witness, one of the three men shot by Rittenhouse who survived, admitted that he was shot only after he’d pointed his own handgun at Rittenhouse. He probably felt he had no choice but to admit this as photos clearly showed him aiming at Rittenhouse while the latter was on his back, having been kicked in the head and beaten with a skateboard by other “protestors”.

The three people seen on the left of this coverage are lawyers supplying legal commentary during live-streaming of the trail.

The reaction of one of the prosecution lawyers says it all. Funnily enough we just had a family movie night watching the old classic, A Few Good Men, and in one part of the movie Tom Cruise’s character tells his team that whether good or bad things happen in the courtroom they must not react in any way. I guess this guy never watched the movie, which shows the differences between book law and trial law.

Fourth, another prosecution witness directly confronted the prosecutors and told everybody that they had insisted on him changing his statement.

Given how well things were going for the defence I was still surprised when they decided to put Rittenhouse on the stand, which is always a risky move. But that brings me to the last point, and it really sums up how useless the prosecution team has been.

Of course this is a jury trial and the jurors were selected from a still frightened and traumatised population, some 60% of whom, according to polls taken before the trial, think that Rittenhouse is guilty of murder.

I would not bet on these people leading free lives back in their community should they declare Rittenhouse innocent of murder, but we will see.

UPDATE

Have just come across this analysis by the Legal Insurrection blog of what Assistant District Attorney Binger did and it’s even worse than I thought. No wonder the judge lost it:

If there’s a single most inviolate civil right in American criminal law, this is it—the right of a defendant to remain silent, and not have the exercise of that right be used against them.

To observe an experienced prosecutor breach this fundamental Constitutional right in open court, in the presence of a jury, was professionally shocking to me personally—and the defense and Judge Schroeder acted with the severity you might expect.

A short time later, Binger asked a lengthy series of questions about Kyle’s understanding that deadly force cannot be used in defense of mere property.  He asked the question in perhaps a dozen different ways, and then revealed that it was all a long build-up into asking Kyle about the CVS video.

This on top of repeatedly trying to introduce evidence that the judge had already ruled as inadmissible.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 11, 2021 at 12:44 pm

Posted in Law and Order, USA

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  1. That judge didn’t impress me with his demeanour – flustered, defensive and lashing out… reminded me of Winston.

    John JohnO

    November 11, 2021 at 10:59 am

    • To be fair to him he’s probably outraged that any lawyer could be so blatant. The right to silence is one of the cornerstones of Anglosphere law so seeing a prosecutor deliberately (stupidly) try to use it against a defendent, especially after the judge had pulled them up on various other smaller breeches, caused his reaction.

      I actually do wonder at this stage if the prosecution is trying to get a mistrial so they can re-work their entire approach?

      Tom Hunter

      November 11, 2021 at 11:04 am

  2. In a just, sane world this travesty of a prosecution would’ve never got this far.

    The limp dick police chief, that lunatic leftist mayor, the Soros picked DA and AG, and woke progressive WI governor are all responsible – they allowed Kenosha to be torched and vandalized by the paramilitary wing of the Democratic Party.

    Porky Roebuck

    November 11, 2021 at 2:03 pm

  3. Is this a judge losing it or just he who is getting really upset that the ADA continually deliberately breaks the courtroom rules? I suspect it is the latter. The ADA realises he has lost the case and is trying to get it ruled a mistrial. Then he can start again. The judge won’t play that game and would more likely go for mistrial with prejudice.

    Chris Morris

    November 11, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    • That’s what more than a few people are speculating about Chris, given that Binger is an experienced trial lawyer and prosecutor it’s hard to see so many mistakes as mistakes. Can he really be so stupid as to interrupt a judge?

      Tom Hunter

      November 11, 2021 at 3:13 pm

  4. 17 year old kid with an assault rifle, full magazine containing thirty rounds surrounded by antifa thugs hell bent on mayhem.

    What possibly could go wrong?

    Andrei

    November 11, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    • Yeah. Bad idea to be there.

      Still, I’m sure the hundreds of Antifa/BLM assholes who poured in from outlying areas have no such regrets.

      Rittenhouse at least had some vague idea that he might be saving people from the mobs, as opposed to the “Punch a Nazi” fucktards.

      Tom Hunter

      November 11, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    • He is a nice guy with good intentions who did something stupid and found himself in a mod of assholes hell bent on destroying everything in sight

      Murder he aint guilty of

      Andrei

      November 11, 2021 at 7:50 pm


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