Closing arguments in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial took place Monday and some legal analysts say the prosecutors’ last-minute theatrics are a sign of desperation.
Based on the facts, Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim has been solid from the start.
It seems like all of America is tuning in to hear the jury verdict in the case of 18-year-old Rittenhouse, who is accused of murdering two men and wounding another at a racial justice riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August of last year.
Before the trial got underway on Nov. 1, most legal experts agreed that Rittenhouse had a strong claim for self-defense – and recent actions by the prosecution suggest the state’s attorneys are reaching to overcome that fact.
EXHIBIT A: During the state’s closing argument, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger claimed: “You lose the right to self-defense when you’re the one who brought the gun.”
By this logic, nobody who owns a gun has a right to use it in self-defense. This is an explicit assault on our basic Second Amendment rights. That's how this weasel has framed the entire case. https://t.co/i2GqZbX5vX
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 15, 2021
EXHIBIT B: Binger also attempted to downplay Joseph Rosenbaum’s destructive and violent behavior on the night he was fatally shot by Rittenhouse.
Binger says that the all Rosenbaum did the night of the shooting was tip over a porta-potty, light a dumpster on fire, swing a chain, tip over a trailer and set it on fire, and say the n-word pic.twitter.com/OgC4XvJulS
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) November 15, 2021
EXHIBIT C: At one point during his closing argument, Binger pointed an AR-15 rifle at the jury while reenacting Rittenhouse’s alleged behavior on the night of the incident.
Rittenhouse prosecutor Thomas Binger putting his finger on the trigger of an AR-15 and pointing at jurists during a trial is maybe one of stupidest goddamn things I've ever seen someone do in a courtroom https://t.co/Z52EHGSlsE
— Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) November 16, 2021
EXHIBIT D: Prosecutors displayed a photo from the 1989 Patrick Swayze action classic, “Road House,” while suggesting Rittenhouse should not have “brought a gun to a fistfight.”
PROSECUTION: "This is a bar fight. This is a fistfight…What you don't do is you don't bring a gun to a fistfight." pic.twitter.com/TQ22DpkhL2
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 15, 2021
EXHIBIT E: Assistant District Attorney James Kraus, while delivering the prosecution’s rebuttal argument, argued Rittenhouse should have let himself be attacked because “everybody takes a beating sometimes.”
Rittenhouse prosecutor Kraus “Everyone take a beating sometimes, right?”
Why is he telling us about his sordid personal life in the closing statement? pic.twitter.com/tYvo4IX5Ng
— Syrian Girl 🇸🇾🎗 (@Partisangirl) November 16, 2021
EXHIBIT F: Kraus also called Rittenhouse “cowardly” for resorting to using firearm to fend off the multiple people chasing him, instead of “his own fists.”
Kenosha Assistant DA says Kyle Rittenhouse "brought a gun to a fist fight. He was too cowardly to use his own fists to fight his way out. He had to start shooting."
What the actual fuck is this trial pic.twitter.com/ng2PW0oH5r
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 15, 2021
Some legal experts have characterized prosecutors’ actions as “desperate.”
"This is the act of a desperate prosecutor…It's weak."@MarkEiglarsh on the "smoking gun" evidence presented by the prosecution in the Rittenhouse trial. Watch below, and subscribe for the FULL show: https://t.co/0cyQcwz0Pt pic.twitter.com/JWJ34gK4vS
— The Megyn Kelly Show (@MegynKellyShow) November 13, 2021
Fox News legal analyst Greg Jarrett on Monday accused Binger of attempting to “mislead the jury” with “sensational courtroom trickery.”
- “I think he sees that he could lose it. It’s a case where the jury could come back not guilty,” Janine Geske, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, told the Washington Post in regard to some of Binger’s risky legal maneuverings that have drawn the ire of Judge Bruce Schroeder.
- “I think he’s cutting corners as close as he can to get his evidence in front of the jury. Unfortunately, he’s really angered the trial judge,” she added.
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On Monday, Schroeder dismissed a less serious charge against Rittenhouse, being a minor in possession of a firearm.
- Schroder found that the somewhat murky prohibition on minors carrying short-barreled rifles or short-barreled shotguns did not apply to Rittenhouse, as the weapon he carried was not short-barreled.
The jury’s deliberations began on Tuesday.