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In Rittenhouse Trial Not Guilty Verdicts After Jury Instructions Taken Home

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 19 – In the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Veterans Day the defense's use of force expert, a Kenosha police officer and a live streamer were on the stand. Inner City Press live tweeted it here.

On November 15, the closing arguments. Inner City Press live tweeted here.

On November 19, after days of deliberation and arguments about compressed video given to the defendant, not by AirDrop, and a juror being allowed to take the instructions home, the jury returned in the early afternoon with all not guilty verdicts.

Judge Schoeder told them the media is not to contact them, only in writing. Might AG Merrick Garland, scheduled to swear in SDNY US Attorney Damian Williams less than two hours later in an event Inner City Press was invited to but will now cover by promised live stream, address this? Watch this site.

ADA Binger: I have no doubt that the defendant had no idea what his weapon could do, he did not even look into it. The defendant had fired at Jump Kick Man and miraculously did not kill him. Is it reasonable for a criminal to be able to shoot him way out of a crime scene? Could a bank robber do this?

 [On the screen: "The Defendant caused the whole incident."]

 ADA Binger: Full metal jacket ammo and pierce body armor and squad cars. It can travel five and a half football fields... We showed video of Drew Hernandez, who said he felt as risk here in little old Kenosha

ADA Binger: Let me tell you about Joseph Rosenbaum. He just stumbles into it. He tipped over a Porta-Potty that had no one in it. He lit a dumpster on fire... He said the N-word [heavy sarcasm in prosecutor's voice]

 Now Rittenhouse's closing, by Mark Richards: Mr. Binger says I'm blaming the victim. But Mr. Rosenbaum was shot because he was chasing my client and trying to grab his gun. He was on a horizontal plane, leaping and lunging at my client.

Rittenhouse's lawyer Richards: Mr. Grosskreutz has ten million reasons to lie... They have the burden of proof, we don't. Kyle was a 17 year old kid out there trying to help this community.

 Rittenhouse's lawyer Richards: My client is no longer charged as a minor possessing a firearm. [Judge dropped Court 6, possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18]

 Rittenhouse's lawyer Richards: My client had as much right as anyone else to be in downtown Kenosha that night. As much as the rioters. Mr. Rosenbaum was going to ambush him. [Sips water]. The only thing I can say about James Armstrong is, OK, that's interesting

 Rittenhouse's lawyer Richards: In this community, people have been found to have used self defense having shot seven times. My client fired only four times, in a short period of time. Let me show you what four feet is. From the end of the jury box to my foot, here

 Rittenhouse's lawyer Richards: Why was Mr. Rosenbaum lunging at my client? Was he offering him the keys to the city? No. Soot only goes so far. If my client wanted to be an active shooter, why did he give Nick his body armor?

Rittenhouse's lawyer Richards: Mr. Binger must live in fairy tale land to think that my client could just put down his gun and say, Everything is good.

Rittenhouse's lawyer Richards: We ask you to find our client not guilty. Judge Schroeder: Let's take a ten minute break.

 In midst of rebuttal summation, Judge Schroeder asks the jurors to step out. Judge: Why would she have any testimonial privilege? Richards: They can't piecemeal the charges. This is ridiculous. Judge: Let's have it read back

Court reporter: He said "they have a Fifth Amendment right." Judge: I'll sustain the objection. Ask the jurors to come back in. Then ADA Krauss limits the privilege --

Richards: Objection! Judge: Please step into the library again. Richards: They hold the key.

ADA James Krauss cites a "gossip blogger" who is pro-Rittenhouse, throws in Drew Hernandez. Uses the phrase "chaos tourist" for Rittenhouse.

Judge Schroeder: Jurors, the case is now yours. You will disregard the claims or opinions of the news media and any social media, and the opinions of the President of the US and of the president before him.

Judge Schoeder: Tomorrow at 9 we'll pick the six who will not be on the jury, but they will still stay in the building in case their services are needed. Do not read about the case.  Adjourned


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