Arsonists warned him to leave them alone!
The prosecution’s case is beyond weak and assistant D.A. Binger is antagonizing the judge and jury. (Not that CNN has noticed. BOTH on-scene commenters had him convicted in the news media. MSNBC analyst John Heilemann called Rittenhouse “arguably a domestic terrorist)
Why did Kenosha County even bring the case? Because if they didn’t, social justice warriors would go crazy. They will anyway, after Rittenhouse is exonerated.
Kyle’s emotional breakdown early in his testimony was real; the jury cannot unsee it.
The judge also foreshadowed a directed verdict of innocent, although he will let the jury render that verict. Judge Bruce Schroeder: “There is nothing in your case to suggest that the defendant was lying in wait to shoot someone … every one of the incidents involve seconds in time.” Schroeder also reprimanded Binger for questioning the defendant’s right to remain silent.
→ Judge Bruce Schroeder to Asst. D.A. Thomas Binger: “Don’t get brazen with me!”
National Review notes that the district attorney never charged Gaige Grosskreutz with illegal concealed carry. Their witness even admitted his CC license had expired. Andrew McCarthy writes:
So clearly innocent is this defendant that his being forced to stand trial at all, in a justice system where the accused is presumed innocent even when the evidence of guilt is overwhelming, should frighten us.
WI Prosecutors … do not approve of firearms for protective purposes. And of course, Rittenhouse’s self-defense intruded on the social-justice cause of brutal rioting that we’re supposed to believe somehow combats the supposed scourges of white supremacism and police brutality.
This question from the prosecutor to the defendant says it all: “You know this crowd would not react favorably to you going out on the street putting out fires, right?“
Blaska’s Bottom Line answer would have been, “That’s why the AR-15, Bro.“ Wonderful that Thomas Binger can second-guess Kyle Rittenhouse but not the rioters.