Kyle Rittenhouse Trial has Begun

Kyle Rittenhouse

Kyle Rittenhouse stands accused of murder and attempted murder after defending himself in August 2020 at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Videos that surfaced after he was arrested may show that he was defending himself, but he was charged by the Prosecution for numerous offenses. Jury selection was completed late Monday in that trial. The Prosecution will have to prove that he did not use his weapon in self defense. Rittenhouse turned 18 after the incident.

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kyle rittenhouse
Question: were they trying to stop him, or kill him?

The presiding Judge, Bruce Schroeder, is the longest serving circuit court judge in Wisconsin. He requested a jury pool of at least 150 people, and stated he would get them seated all in one day… and he did. The 11 men and 8 women were eventually seated late Monday. The Judge told them that believing in the Second Amendment would not disqualify them from serving. Opening statements began on Tuesday.

The case

Rittenhouse is accused of killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. Grosskreutz had a weapon of his own. Rosenbaum was the first person shot, and a witness stated that he tried to grab the gun from Rittenhouse.

Anthony Huber, one of the people who was shot by Rittenhouse had a skateboard which was used as a weapon against Kyle in the heat of the chaos. Huber’s parents claim he was trying to “disarm” the teen and have launched a lawsuit. The depth of confusion in this trial will be difficult for any jury to decipher. Can anyone “disarm” a person with a skateboard, or just hurt them?

Judge Schroeder directed the attorneys at the beginning of trial not to refer to the people shot as “victims” in front of the jury. The defense was allowed to call those who were shot “rioters and looters.” It was a huge win for the defense, but given the amount of charges it may not matter. Most of the people on the jury are white, with one Black male.

The judge admonished every juror not to allow their inner prejudices or biases to sway their decision, and to decide based on the evidence.

The Charges

  • First Degree Reckless Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon (Up to 60 years in Prison)
  • First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Use of a Dangerous Weapon (12 1/2 Years)
  • First Degree Intentional Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon (Mandatory life sentence)
  • Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide use of a Dangerous Weapon (up to 60 years)
  • First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Use of a Dangerous Weapon (12 1/2 years)
  • Possession of a Dangerous Weapon by a person Under 18 (Misdemeanor up to 9 months)
  • Failure to comply with an Emergency Order from State or Local Government -the 8 p.m. curfew. ($200 forfeitures)

In the first 5 charges, the extra weapons charge adds five years to the sentence.

It appears that even if the jury decides for the self-defense argument, there are a plethora of ways Kyle Rittenhouse is in trouble. His intention to go and help protect the businesses of Kenosha went sideways as soon as Rosenbaum began chasing him.

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Featured screenshot via CBS2

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