Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty on all counts in Kenosha trial
On Friday, jurors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, declared Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts, capping off an intense trial surrounding the deadly unrest in that city last summer.
Rittenhouse, 18, would have faced a mandatory life sentence if found guilty and convicted of first-degree intentional homicide.
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“I couldn’t have asked for a better jury to work with, and it has truly been my pleasure,” Judge Bruce Schroeder said after delivering the verdict. “I think, without commenting on your verdict, the verdicts themselves, just in terms of your attentiveness and the cooperation that you gave to us, justifies the confidence that the founders of our country placed in you, so I dismiss you at this time.”
He continued: “You’re never under any obligation to discuss any aspect of this case with anyone. You’re welcome to do so as little or as much as you want.”
The verdict came on the fourth day of deliberations and the 15th day of the trial.
“The jury has represented our community in this trial and has spoken,” Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said Friday after the verdict.
Jurors deliberated for a total of 26 hours. They found Rittenhouse not guilty on five counts, including first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. Judge Bruce Schroeder had previously dismissed two additional counts related to his weapon.
Local officers, media, and protesters were seen positioned around the Kenosha County Courthouse Friday.
Rittenhouse faced charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety after he fatally shot two people and injured a third person during the second night of civil unrest in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020.
The judge tossed one charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 on Monday after Rittenhouse’s defense team argued that a law subsection concerning short-barreled rifles was grounds for dismissal.
His attorneys argued that the then-17-year-old was acting in self-defense after being attacked from behind when he shot Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, and deceased Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, in the riots following the police shooting of a 29-year-old Black man, Jacob Blake.
This is a developing story; check back for updates.
Cross-posted from Fox News
Pro-police organization InVest USA asks, “What happens after the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict? Are we prepared for possible riots?” InVest USA CEO says probably not and suggests police be ready with full-body armor.
KENOSHA, Wis., Nov. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Americans are preparing for the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case as hundreds of protestors have already convened and appear to be prepared to protest, and perhaps riot.
Civil lawlessness, rioting, looting, and destruction have been associated with groups advocating defunding police. Other riots occurred when some protestors believe there was racism involved by police or other authorities. Violent protests have occurred in Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and other cities.
America’s legal system was founded upon the presumption of innocence, while our Constitution guarantees the right to protect oneself and one’s property. Therefore, we must remain a nation of laws as the Founders intended,” said Michael Letts, Founder/President of InVestUSA.
Benjamin Baldung, Deputy Sheriff for 18 years in Richland County, North Carolina, expressed, “Civil unrest, rioting, looting, and violence in our communities present a challenge for everyone in law enforcement. I stand with my brothers and sisters in blue and thank InVestUSA for supporting those who protect and serve in our cities.”
Cross-posted from Yahoo News
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