Table of Contents
- 1 Handful of Protesters Outside of Courthouse, Most Went Home
- 2 Republican Senator Ron Johnson Weighs in on Rittenhouse Trial
- 3 Mark McCloskey Concerned Over Protesters Intimidating the Jury
- 4 Anti-vax Protester Dressed as Grim Reaper Appears Outside of Courthouse
- 5 Rittenhouse Defense Attorney Thinks Jury is Divided
- 6 Jury Ends Day Three of Deliberations, No Verdict
- 7 Armed protester identified as former cop
- 8 Kenosha police deny reports of brick piles across the city
- 9 Police detain one person across from courthouse
- 10 Senator delivers hand warmers to demonstrators at courthouse
- 11 Protesters chant ‘we won’t be intimidated’ on courthouse steps
- 12 Kenosha Sheriff hands out ‘cookies for peace’ outside courtroom
- 13 NBC releases statement after judge bans MSNBC from court
- 14 Judge bans MSNBC from courtroom after police incident involving jury
- 15 Suspect allegedly tried to photograph jurors, police say
- 16 Kenosha Police delete tweet about shooting near Rittenhouse protests
- 17 Jury resumes deliberations as mistrial motion looms over case
- 18 Jury deliberations move to third day as protesters gather at night
- 19 Dinesh D’Souza claims lefitsts are using Rittenhouse as stand-in for Trump
- 20 Matt Gaetz wants to offer Rittenhouse a congressional internship
- 21 Tucker Carlson guest says leftists believe Rittenhouse “should not have stopped the street animals”
- 22 Police confirm two arrests after fight outside the courthouse
- 23 ‘I have to worry if my town can be safe’: Kenosha community braces for protests
- 24 Justin Blake leads racial justice activists outside courthouse
- 25 Rittenhouse jury dismissed after day 2 of deliberations
- 26 Police arrest two after fight between protesters
- 27 Chaos erupts outside courthouse
- 28 Protesters shout for ‘no mistrial’ outside courthouse
- 29 Courtroom cleared as jurors rewatch videos
- 30 Judge believes jury can watch videos multiple times
- 31 Defense calls for mistrial over quality of drone video
- 32 Attorneys argue over drone footage quality
- 33 Judge calls media coverage of trial ‘frightening’
- 34 Two more questions asked by jury
- 35 Judge says he has not yet read motion for a mistrial
- 36 Jury will watch videos in courtroom without media present, judge rules
- 37 Attorneys, judge return to court for jury question
- 38 Defense files for mistrial over ‘prosecutorial overreaching’ and withholding key video
- 39 Jury begins deliberation
The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial starts its third day of deliberations after sitting for two full days totaling 17 hours so far.
Judge Bruce Schroeder is yet to rule on a controversial mistrial motion with prejudice over “prosecutorial overreaching” and the withholding of high-resolution drone footage. The defense initially claimed the prosecution deliberately sent them lower-quality video evidence. It was later discovered that the video was compressed when sent over email and the request was revised to call for a mistrial without prejudice, claiming the defense wants a “clear, fair playing field.”
Crowds gathered continued outside the courtroom Tuesday, as Rittenhouse supports clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters. Two people were arrested after a physical altercation erupted late Wednesday afternoon. Police and the National Guard are on alert ahead of the final verdict, which is expected soon.
The trial captured national attention, as some see Rittenhouse as a vigilante and white supremacist who was looking for trouble, while others believe he acted in self-defense and attended the protest to administer first-aid and protect the community from rioters.
Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to five charges, including reckless homicide, intentional homicide, attempted intentional homicide. The misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 was dropped before jury deliberations began.
There have been many dramatic moments during the trial, from Rittenhouse getting emotional on the witness stand, to Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder yelling at the prosecution, to a slew of controversies surrounding comments made by Judge Schroader that evoked calls of racism and bias.
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Handful of Protesters Outside of Courthouse, Most Went Home
A small group of protesters remained outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse on Thursday as the jury concluded the third day of deliberations with no verdict.
Ford Fischer, a journalist covering Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial, said that a handful of Black Lives Matter and pro-Rittenhouse supporters debated on Thursday night but most of the crowd went home.
Justin Blake, the uncle of 29-year-old Jacob Blake who was shot by Kenosha police last summer, has been leading chants over the past few nights as the group peacefully demonstrated.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson Weighs in on Rittenhouse Trial
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson weighed in on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial by telling Fox News that the jury is made up of good folks that will take their role seriously and he renders what he hopes will be a fair verdict.
However, the Republican said potential threats and intimidation accusations may be contributing to the length of the jury’s deliberation.
Johnson continued that the real tragedy is the trial is happening and added that it wouldn’t be occurring if Governor Tony Evers had responded quicker to the August 2020 protests.
“It’s the same reason when they boarded up storefronts in major metropolitan areas prior to the November  election. It wasn’t in the event that Joe Biden got elected,” Johnson said later. “So the threats of violence primarily, not all the time, but primarily come from the left and of course the mainstream media won’t admit that.”
Mark McCloskey Concerned Over Protesters Intimidating the Jury
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple that confronted Black Lives Matter activists with guns and who are advocates of the Second Amendment, appeared outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse carrying a copy of the photo.
Speaking to reporters, Mark gave his thoughts on day three of deliberations and admitted he didn’t think the jury would take this long, and also suggested that he’s unsure if it will benefit Kyle Rittenhouse.
“I am also a little concerned that the jury can hear all of this and it may have a chilling factor on them,” he added in reference to the protesters outside the trial.
McCloskey was later asked what his thoughts are on reports that the jury feels intimidated by the crowds around the courthouse.
“Wouldn’t you be?” he replied. “That’s my thought about that. I mean they can hear it in there. They’ve got to know that the fate of one man they have directly in front of them is one thing but the fate of the city is another.”
Although some reporters have noted being able to hear the chants of protesters, it’s unclear if the jury can.
Anti-vax Protester Dressed as Grim Reaper Appears Outside of Courthouse
An anti-vaxxer dressed as the grim reaper protested outside of the courthouse Thursday during Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial.
The protester was holding a sign with a shot labeled “poison” and included the messages “Do as They Say!” and “Good Little Sheep.”
Ford Fischer, a journalist covering the trial in Kenosha, said there have been a number of protesters debating issues unrelated to the case outside of the courthouse.
“One thing I can’t overstate is how the exterior of the courthouse in the #RittenhouseTrial has been used as a forum for broader culture war,” he tweeted.
Rittenhouse Defense Attorney Thinks Jury is Divided
Mark Richards, the defense attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, told reporters he thought the jury looked like they were divided following a third day of deliberations
“I thought, they’re 6-6 split. That’s what I thought,” Richards told the New York Times.
Shortly before the jury left for the evening, the Times reported that the defense attorney had entered the courtroom with rolled-up sleeves as jurors deliberated on Thursday.
When asked how he was feeling, Richards replied, “Worse than I was yesterday,” and added that he hoped to shift the energy by walking around the courtroom.
Jury Ends Day Three of Deliberations, No Verdict
The jury in Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial was dismissed for the evening with no verdict after the third day of deliberations.
They’ve worked for around 23 hours so far and will return for day four at 9 a.m. on Friday. Judge Bruce Schroeder acknowledged that the trial surpassed its anticipated Tuesday end date.
One juror asked the judge if she could bring the 40-page jury instructions home with her, and he approved but reminded her that she cannot discuss the case with anyone else. The defense appeared to be concerned the juror would think too much about the definitions of instructions.
Armed protester identified as former cop
The armed protester who was approached by police during the demonstrations outside the courthouse Wednesday has been identified as Jesse T. Kline, an ex-cop from Ferguson, Missouri.
Kline was asked by Kenosha police to put his rifle away Wednesday because he was not allowed to carry a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school if he did not have a permit. He complied returned unarmed later that day and again on Thursday carrying what appeared to be a gun case.
He referred to himself as “Maserati Mike” earlier but shouted to the crowd outside the courthouse Thursday that he is “prior Ferguson police Officer Jesse Kline.”
Ferguson Police Chief Frank McCall Jr. confirmed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Kline was fired from the Ferguson Police Department several years ago.
He was charged with stalking, unlawful use of a weapon and assault after he allegedly followed a woman to another man’s home and pointed his gun at the man’s chest.
The charges were dropped in January 2020 because the couple refused to testify, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Kenosha police deny reports of brick piles across the city
Ahead of the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial, there have been multiple reports online of piles of bricks spotted throughout the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Several social media posts include outdated images of brick piles and an auto recording of police discussing bricks at a specific location near a building site.
The Kenosha Police Department (KPD) told Newsweek that it has received “calls from concerned citizens reporting seeing these social media disinformation campaigns.”
“We have been on the lookout for things that could be used as projectiles against police and infrastructure. Our officers have not found anything to substantiate any of the claims being made on social media,” the KPD public inquiry officer wrote in an emailed statement.
The KPD tweeted about “numerous attempts by malicious actors to spread disinformation” online.
“There are no credible threats to public safety,” the department said in a tweet Wednesday.
Police detain one person across from courthouse
Kenosha police detained one person across the street from the courthouse Thursday.
The person was handcuffed and put in the back of a police car. It is unclear whether the individual was armed.
Senator delivers hand warmers to demonstrators at courthouse
Wisconsin Senator Lena Taylor visited the courthouse Thursday to support those who showed up to protest outside.
Taylor gave out hand warmers to those who wanted them.
According to the Weather Channel, temperatures in Kenosha, Wisconsin have been in the low to mid-30s Thursday.
Protesters chant ‘we won’t be intimidated’ on courthouse steps
The man who reportedly brought his AR-15 rifle to the demonstrations outside the courthouse Wednesday returned today with a dog and a large black bag that some believe resembles a rifle case.
The man, identified as “Mazerati Mike” by journalist Sergio Olmos, said the case was “just a bag.”
A group of racial justice protesters chanted “we won’t be intimidated” as the man walked past them.
The man was told by police Wednesday that he could not carry his rifle at the courthouse because they were within 1,000 feet of a school.
The Kenosha County Sheriff set up a table outside with cookies and coffee for demonstrators outside the courthouse Thursday.
With a sign that reads “cookies for peace,” Sheriff David Beth hopes to bring people together with a cup of coffee on a cold day.
“If we can help anybody be safe today, that’s what we’re here for,” he told reporters.
NBC releases statement after judge bans MSNBC from court
NBC responds after Judge Bruce Schroeder banned MSNBC reporters from the courtroom.
In a statement, NBC said the person who received the traffic citation is a freelancer.
“While the traffic violation took place near the jury van, the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them,” the statement said.
“We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation,” NBC added.
Judge bans MSNBC from courtroom after police incident involving jury
Judge Schroeder called in the prosecution, Kyle Rittenhouse and his defense to the courtroom to discuss a police incident that occurred Wednesday.
He said a man identified as “James G. Morrison” claimed to be a producer with MSNBC under the supervision of a producer in New York to follow the jury bus. He was pulled over by police after he ran a red light.
Judge Schroeder said the jury is transported from a different location to the courthouse in a “sealed bus” with covered windows.
This incident is still under investigation and the judge said no one from MSNBC will be permitted in the courtroom for the remainder of the trial.
“This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is,” he added.
Suspect allegedly tried to photograph jurors, police say
The Kenosha Police Department is investigating an incident involving a person who allegedly tried to photograph jurors involved in the Rittenhouse trial.
The suspect was taken into police custody and “issued several traffic-related citations,” according to police.
“There was no breach of security regarding the jury, nor were there any photographs obtained,” Kenosha police said in a tweet.
The suspect allegedly followed jurors, claiming to be a reporter with NBC or MSNBC, according to multiple reports.
The defense and prosecution briefly met with the judge in his chamber this morning to discuss the incident, according to New York Times reporter Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs.
Kenosha Police delete tweet about shooting near Rittenhouse protests
The Kenosha Police sent a tweet about a shooting near the Rittenhouse trial protests.
The now-deleted tweet showed a screenshot from a local Facebook group called “Kenosha Area Police Scanner” that said “Shooting near protest about the current trial.”
Police called this post “another disappointing attempt at disinformation.”
“There was no shooting at or near the Kenosha County Courthouse as reported on this Facebook page,” police confirmed in a tweet.
Jury resumes deliberations as mistrial motion looms over case
The jury has begun its third day of deliberations Thursday, court officials told reporters on the scene.
This comes as a motion for mistrial looms over the case.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers initially claimed the prosecution intentionally gave them a lower-quality version of crucial drone footage. The defense later changed their request upon further investigation, dropping the claim of prejudice on the part of the prosecution.
The prosecution claims they did not deliberately alter the file and that it was compressed went sent over email, unbeknownst to the state.
Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi said they did not have the same evidence as the prosecution until the trial was closed and that having higher quality video earlier would have altered their argument strategy.
“It’s not debatable that it’s fair what happened,” he said.
Chirafisi noted their motion would call for a mistrial without prejudice, meaning the state can retry the case against Rittenhouse again so everyone “can have the same information and same quality of videos.”
The prosecution called this request “inappropriate.”
“I do not believe an unknown technical incident should result in a mistrial,” prosecutor James Kraus said.
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Jury deliberations move to third day as protesters gather at night
The second day of jury deliberations in the Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial began Wednesday with crowds gathering outside of the courtroom early in the morning.
The 18-year-old’s defense team filed a motion for a mistrial over “prosecutorial overreaching” and the withholding of high-resolution drone footage that’s considered key video evidence. They accused prosecutors of deliberately withholding the footage because of prejudices toward Rittenhouse, and argued that any conviction should be overturned without the chance for a retrial. It is the defense’s second mistrial request.
When jurors asked if they could rewatch video footage, the defense objected to allowing them to view the drone video at the center of their motion. Judge Bruce Schroeder also criticized the local media for reporting it was “odd” that he hadn’t ruled on the motion and said both the defense and prosecution are typically given the opportunity to respond before he rules on the motion to dismiss.
But as the jury deliberated and protests continued outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, tensions escalated and chaos erupted between Black Lives Matter and pro-Rittenhouse groups. A 20-year-old man and a 34-year-old female were arrested in connection to the incident.
After about 17 hours total of deliberation, the jury was dismissed Wednesday and is set to return for the third day at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Rittenhouse faces five felonies in connection to the shooting, including a first-degree intentional homicide that carries a mandatory life sentence, but jurors can consider lesser charges for some of the offenses.
Dinesh D’Souza claims lefitsts are using Rittenhouse as stand-in for Trump
Right-wing political commentator Dinesh D’Souza told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial isn’t just about him, but rather the culture in America.
“More broadly, what you have is Rittenhouse is being portrayed as a kind of symbol of the Trump movement,” D’Souza said, adding that the prosecution characterized Rittenhouse as sympathetic towards the Proud Boys.
He continued, “They wanted to try to make Rittenhouse a symbol for Trump’s America. By contrast, the rioters, the looters, the arsonists—this is Antifa. These are the people that the media has protected for a year.”
D’Souza continued that there are two rival narratives in the case and criticized the media and the left for trying to make Rittenhouse a stand-in for the entire Make America Great Again movement.
Matt Gaetz wants to offer Rittenhouse a congressional internship
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz defended Kyle Rittenhouse, saying he wants to hire him as a congressional intern.
The Florida Republican told conservative network Newsmax on Wednesday that Rittenhouse is innocent.
“He is not guilty,” Gaetz said with no verdict reached after the second day of jury deliberations.
He continued, “He deserves a not guilty verdict, and I sure hope he gets it because you know what, Kyle Rittenhouse would probably make a pretty good congressional intern. We may reach out to him and see if he’d be interested in helping the country in additional ways.”
Gaetz is currently the subject of his own investigation. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the congressman for allegedly sex-trafficking a minor though Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing.
Tucker Carlson guest says leftists believe Rittenhouse “should not have stopped the street animals”
Conservative radio host Jesse Kelly told Tucker Carlson on Wednesday that some people “genuinely believe Kyle Rittenhouse should not have stopped the street animals from burning down Kenosha, or any other city.”
Carlson asked Kelly if he agrees that prosecutors were arguing that Rittenhouse didn’t have the right to protect his life.
“That’s the take-away they’re going to get from it, Tucker, because it’s their entire world view. It’s hard for Americans to accept, it’s hard for me to accept where we are as a country. Where we are is people in positions of power now, they’re the crazed nut job that used to be on the street corner protesting, the man-hating feminist who used to hide in her apartment hammering Nutter Butters. These people are now CEOs, they’re district attorneys, they’re senators, they’re presidents, and that’s why you see this,” Kelly said, before adding that people believe Rittenhouse should not have acted.
He continued, “They believe they have a right before God, their communist God, to burn this country down.”
Police confirm two arrests after fight outside the courthouse
The Kenosha County Sherriff’s Department and the Kenosha Police Department confirmed they arrested two individuals following an altercation outside of the county courthouse on Wednesday afternoon.
“Law enforcement took two people into custody regarding an incident that occurred on the courthouse steps. A 20-year-old male was arrested for battery, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. A 34-year-old female was arrested for disorderly conduct,” police said in a statement.
The statement added that law enforcement had to deploy several officers to keep crowds of citizens and media from interfering. They also reminded both the media and the public to give space for police to perform their duties.
‘I have to worry if my town can be safe’: Kenosha community braces for protests
Having experienced the damage of last year’s riots, community members in Kenosha are bracing for what will happen after Kyle Rittenhouse’s verdict is read.
Kathryn Roshe, a business owner who lives in town, told NewsNation reporter Brian Entin that she hopes the community remains peaceful despite the outcome.
“The fact that I have to worry if my town and my children can be safe is not okay,” she said. “My hope is that if everybody is going to protest, which they are right now, is if they could just be peaceful. Don’t burn the town, don’t wreck the businesses.”
Roshe added that they do not live in the wealthiest area of Kenosha and many people rely on their businesses to get by—adding that many in town were affected by the damage last year and may not be able to afford new repairs.
She said, “If my business is gone, I have 6 kids, I have a newborn, I would not be able to take care of my children.”
Justin Blake leads racial justice activists outside courthouse
Justin Blake, the uncle of 29-year-old Jacob Blake who was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha police in August 2020, returned to the courthouse after the second day of deliberations.
Leading a group of racial justice activists, Blake chanted “seven shots in the back, that ain’t right” and “if we don’t get it, shut it down” on the courthouse steps following the jury’s dismissal.
Blake was also seen carrying a Pan-African flag and protesting police earlier in the day after law enforcement arrested two people following an altercation outside of the hearing.
Rittenhouse jury dismissed after day 2 of deliberations
The jury in Kyrle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial was dismissed for the day without reaching a verdict.
Reporter Michael Tarm said that reporters looked fatigued at the end of their second day but didn’t show any signs of tension. He added that the judge reminded jurors not to discuss the case, with the group nodding and smiling at him. One juror even joked that she didn’t sit in the judge’s chair while they were reviewing drone video in the courtroom alone.
The jury has been deliberating for 17 hours total and will begin the third day of deliberations at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Police arrest two after fight between protesters
A fight between protesters appears to be the cause of chaos outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse.
Footage from reporters on the scene shows two protesters arguing on the steps of the courthouse and calling each other profanities.
One protester wearing a black coat and sunglasses holding a “BLM and Antifa are here” sign calls the other protester wearing a black “F*ck Kyle” shirt a “dumb b*itch” and the man throws his sign at them in response.
The protester attempts to grab the man’s sign from the ground and break it but another individual grabs it to stop them—and both fall to the ground.
The man in the black shirt comes back to grab his sign and ends up punching a different person in the face as they come behind him resulting in clashes between more protesters.
Kenosha police intervened and arrested at least two people.
Chaos erupts outside courthouse
Chaos has erupted outside the courthouse as police appear to have handcuffed someone.
A video from reporter Kristen Barbaresi shows police keeping the crowd away from a person laying face down on the ground. Several people can be heard shouting “shots were fired,” but there is no official confirmation of gunfire.
Police are trying to control the crowd. Spectrum News reporter Megan Marshall said “things got physical between both sides” of the crowd.”
Protesters shout for ‘no mistrial’ outside courthouse
As the jury continues to deliberate, protests continue outside the courthouse.
After the defense called for a mistrial over the quality of video evidence they received, protesters chanted “no mistrial.”
The demonstrations remain mostly peaceful, with occasional arguments and yelling between protesters and Rittenhouse supporters, according to reporters on the scene.
Courtroom cleared as jurors rewatch videos
The jury is currently in the courtroom to watch the videos they requested to see again.
Jurors asked to see the video taken by Gaige Grosskreutz after Kyle Rittenhouse shot Joseph Rosenbaum and the “BG on The Scene” video that shows the second incident involving Anthony Huber.
They also asked to see the disputed drone video at the center of the defense’s mistrial request.
Judge Schroeder said he will allow the jury to watch the drone footage but said it poses a risk for the prosecution. If the video proves to be unreliable, Schroeder said “it’s going to be ugly” for the prosecution.
The courtroom has been totally cleared of everyone but the jury and cameras in the court have been turned off.
Judge believes jury can watch videos multiple times
Judge Schroeder said the jury should view the video evidence as many times as they need.
He said he feels the trial should be a “pursuit of truth” and if the jurors “want to be able to see [the video] 80 times…they should be able to.”
Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi objected to this notion. He said the jury should see the video once, citing a past case as precedent.
“We object to it being played over and over,” he said.
Prosecutor James Kraus said the case law the defense cited does not apply in this instance, noting the case referred to video statements, not videos of “incidents.” He believes the jury should be allowed to watch, rewind, pause, restart “as they see fit.”
Judge Schroeder said the jury should watch the requested videos on a clean laptop with nothing else on it.
Defense calls for mistrial over quality of drone video
The defense asked again for a mistrial because they “did not have the same quality evidence the prosecution has until the trial was closed.”
Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi said they would have argued the case differently if they had known about the video’s quality.
He said they want a “clear, fair playing field” since their client is facing a life sentence.
“It’s not debatable that it’s fair what happened,” he said.
Chirafisi noted this would be a mistrial without prejudice, meaning the state can retry the case against Rittenhouse again so everyone “can have the same information and same quality of videos.”
Prosecutor James Kraus said that the issue arose because when the video was AirDropped, the quality was maintained but when it was emailed, it was compressed.
Kraus called the motion for a mistrial “inappropriate” and should not be granted.
“I do not believe an unknown technical incident should result in a mistrial,” he said.
Attorneys argue over drone footage quality
The defense and prosecution discussed the video footage mentioned in the defense’s motion for mistrial in front of the judge.
The defense claims the prosecution intentionally sent them a lower-quality version of key drone footage.
The prosecution denied altering the video and said they did not know there was an issue.
“As far as we knew until we had this hearing on Friday, everyone had the exact same copy,” Assistant District Attorney James Kraus said.
Kraus said he could not AirDrop the video footage to the defense because Wisco has an Android cellphone. Kraus, therefore, had to email the evidence. Kraus argues the email compressed the video, thus delivering a lower quality.
Defense attorney Natalie Wisco noted that most of the evidence has been shared over DropBox. She also said she confirmed the file she received was 4 MB but the original video the prosecution had was 11 MB and claims the metadata from the files does not match up.
Judge Schroeder said this matter will require expert testimony and testimony from the parties involved under oath.
“Given the cloudy picture of this particular exhibit, this is a high-risk strategy in this case,” he said. “I was queasy about this in the beginning and I am only queasier about it now.”
Judge calls media coverage of trial ‘frightening’
While discussing a question from the jury, Judge Schroeder addressed issues from the trial written about in the media.
He defended his decisions to not allow lawyers to refer to the people who were killed as “victims” and to allow the Rittenhouse to draw slips of paper to determine which jurors were dismissed.
“I think people feel better when they have control,” he said. “So ever since that case, I’ve had an almost universal policy of having the defendant do the picks.”
He added that he “never had a complaint about it before.”
Judge Schroader said that the criticism of his handling of the trial in the media comes from “people who want to undermine the outcome of the trial” and called reporting on the hearings “grossly irresponsible.”
“I’m going to think long and hard about a live television trial again, next time,” he said, calling the media coverage of the trial “frightening.”
Two more questions asked by jury
The jury sent two more questions to the court amid their deliberations, according to a pool report.
The subjects of the questions are unknown.
Judge Schroeder has returned to his chamber and the attorneys are currently setting up monitors in the courtroom, according to the pool reporter in the court.
Judge says he has not yet read motion for a mistrial
Judge Bruce Schroeder said he has not yet had a chance to review the defense’s motion calling for a mistrial.
He called out local media reports that said it was “odd” that he has not ruled on the motion to dismiss.
Judge Schroeder said such motions should be kept under advisement until both parties have the opportunity to respond, noting the protection did not have a chance to do so during the “heat of the discussion” when the oral motion was made.
“So why anyone would think it’s odd for the judge to sit on a motion to dismiss, I have no idea,” he said.
Jury will watch videos in courtroom without media present, judge rules
The jurors asked the court whether they should view videos in private or in the courtroom.
Judge Schroeder ruled that the jury should watch video evidence in the court and sent a note back to them asking for a specific description of which videos they want to see.
There was some debate over how many times the jury should be allowed to watch the videos. The prosecution said the jury should watch it as many times as they wish but the defense argued they should not get to watch it over and over again.
The defense also objected to the drone video, as it is the subject of their mistrial motion. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said he will research the law on how many times the jury can view the video and photo evidence.
The judge plans to clear the courtroom of media and other public spectators.
Attorneys, judge return to court for jury question
The defense attorneys and prosecution are in the courtroom, as the jurors have a question in the Rittenhouse trial.
Judge Schroeder and Rittenhouse himself have also entered the courtroom.
The jury asked if they should view video footage in private or in the courtroom.
Defense files for mistrial over ‘prosecutorial overreaching’ and withholding key video
Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense team filed a motion for mistrial after it accused the prosecution of “overreach” and withholding key video footage during the hearing.
The motion mentions the prosecution’s questioning of Rittenhouse’s right to remain silent during his testimony. At the time, Judge Bruce Schroeder said the prosecution was “on the border line” of a “grave constitutional violation.”
The motion also mentions an attempt to introduce evidence the judge ruled was not permitted during pre-trial discussions.
The defense also claims the prosecution held back the high-resolution drone footage that is “at the center of this case.” The defense claims they initially received a lower-quality version of the video and only got the better-quality clip, which the prosecution already used, on Saturday after testimony ended.
“The failure to provide the same quality footage in this particular case is intentional and clearly prejudices the defendant,” the motion states.
Any conviction should be overturned without the chance for a retrial, the motion argues.
The defense previously called for a mistrial with prejudice last week ahead of closing arguments.