The murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse was expected to start deliberations Monday. However, jurors will have to go through over five hours of closing statements and 36 pages of jury instructions before they can be informed by the judge about the remaining charges.
Before Rittenhouse was brought before the jury, Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed the minor in possession charge. The law’s confusing language was not followed by Rittenhouse’s age nor the gun size. The law was unclear to the jury, and none of the lawyers could understand it.
This ruling confirms that Rittenhouse was indeed the legal owner of the gun on the night of the shootings, Aug. 25, 2020.
The curfew case against the then-17-year-old was dropped.
Since Thursday, jurors were off. On Friday, there was a debate about the final jury instructions as well as the additional lesser and added charges against Rittenhouse. The prosecution requested the lesser and combined charges. This is to allow jurors who wish to do so to locate some charges to attach to the 18-year old shooter.
On account of the outrageous behavior of the prosecutor in the trial, a motion was made for a mistrial. Other contretemps were also filed. At this time, no ruling has been made.
This case, which has lasted two weeks, has been a lightning rod for both right-leaning gun rights activists and the organized Left.
Overt threats and intimidation against the judge, including a person recording jurors, was a common form of jury intimidation. The judge was portrayed by leftists on Twitter as a white supremacist. Death threats were also made.
The Daily Mail described the threats as “vile.”
The judge has been overly criticized for everything, from his “God Bless America” ringtone on his cellphone to his American flag tissue container.
Another important decision was made regarding the fuzzy image and the video it came from. Although the photo was not thoroughly reviewed, the judge stated that it was verified by prosecutors using “junk science”. This will, of course, be mentioned during closing statements.
The prosecution’s new theory that Rittenhouse provoked the shooting is supported by the photo. Rittenhouse may therefore not have used self-defense.