Teh Squeaky Wheel
Happy Wednesday, GN!
Because I’m so in-touch with my inner eight-year-old:
Dunno why part of my previous comment is bolded…
I don’t know either.L
Shocker and I’m not sure of the wisdom of this, but the defense just called Kyle Rittenhouse to the stand.
With the evidence presented so far, I don’t see how a guilty verdict would have come back. This seems unnecessary from a legal perspective, but perhaps there is more in play here -- that this kid wants the world to hear his story.
I worry about Rittenhouse’s lawyers -- 1) They don’t seem to have much interaction with Kyle during the trial -- I don’t have a feel for how much they actually care about their client, 2) I don’t know how good they really are. Throughout this trial, it’s mostly been prosecution missteps, not great lawyering from the defense. With the exception of the last shooting victim, the details that have come out in Kyle’s defense have mostly come out unforced from state witnesses during direct testimony.
Kyle breaks down on the stand when beginning to describe the first shooting. Again, not sure if it’s a good idea putting him up there. It feels sincere to me and I feel for the kid, but the jury could view it as staged and that’s how the MSM will spin it. Or as evidence of guilt that he knows what he did was wrong.
I think they could also view it as this guy is a kid and had no business being out there that night especially with an AR-15.
Interesting -- the prosecution has overstepped and the judge is furious. Defense is accusing the state of purposely trying to force a mistrial. Quite the dressing down.
Lunch break in Kenosha ending soon. Kyle has a made a few missteps on the stand, but nothing substantial. Curious as to how the state will proceed after getting slammed by the judge earlier. That’s some not to miss video when you guys have time.
Defense making a motion for mistrial with prejudice. I don’t think he’ll grant it now, but this may put a pause in the proceedings.
Judge hearing the motion -- flat out says to the prosecutor “I don’t believe you” followed up with saying he doesn’t believe the state is acting in good faith. Going to take the motion under advisement and proceed now.
The state’s strategy is to portray Rittenhouse as a fame seeking gung ho kid that came to Kenosha looking to shoot someone. If they can get the jury to see him as reckless, then they don’t even have to examine whether each individual shooting was justified -- if Kyle hadn’t been there, none of this would have happened and he’s therefore responsible.
Despite all the wins the defense has racked up today, I think the net is that Kyle shouldn’t have testified. The prosecution has landed good blows, not because they are factually correct or honest, but because Kyle Rittenhouse is 18 years old and doesn’t know how to answer in a better fashion. If the jury is predisposed convict him, this can do it.
The defense will do redirect, but I don’t know if it’s going to be enough.
Terrible -- no redirect by the defense. Bad choice IMO, but then I’m not there or an attorney. I wonder if they can recall him later?
Without a doubt, the prosecutors are assholes, but I’m not all that thrilled with the defense attorneys either. Rittenhouse gets off the stand after getting the snot knocked out of him for hours and his attorneys don’t acknowledge him, talk to him, or pat him on the back. Nothing.
Thanks for that, Sven.
“Don’t you get brazen with me!”
I saw some bits of today’s proceedings being live-blogged by a bunch of defense attorneys (including Ron Coleman) who mostly thought Rittenhouse did a good job on the stand today.
My guess at this point: Rittenhouse walks; Kenosha burns again. (One can only hope business owners there have embraced their inner-Roof Koreans since last summer.)
The facts, law, and truth are on his side, but that seems to matter not so much today. Looks like they plan to get this to the jury next Tuesday.
I don’t know about the courts these days. It feels like we’re living in a post-justice world. Prosecutors and Attorney’s General all shills and puppets of Soros. If this obviously not guilty kid goes free, I’ll be surprised.
But expect more people to be railroaded in the near future even if he does.
This is only going to get worse.
Millions died in the former Soviet Union before it fell apart. Now, I’m starting to wish I lived over there rather than here.
Communism is actually illegal in Hungary. Sounds like paradise in some ways.