12:03 p.m. PST – Rittenhouse was kicked out of the courthouse shortly after the ruling. He can be seen smiling from ear to ear in the back of an SUV as the vehicle drives off… in a photo taken by The sun.
11:45 am PST – President Biden just delivered the verdict saying, “I stand by what the jury found.” The jury system works and we have to comply with it.
11:22 a.m. PST – Rittenhouse spokesperson, David hancock, now says that the trial is over, Kyle is going to go to college and try to lead as normal a life as possible.
He says Rittenhouse will be studying nursing at Arizona State University. Hancock also says Rittenhouse is a pragmatic young man and says the case was about self-defense, not politics or race.
10:50 a.m. Pacific Time – Jacob Blake’s family watched the verdict read outside the courthouse, they showed little emotion as it was read and were interrupted by Rittenhouse supporters when they tried to make remarks .
10:40 a.m. Pacific Time – Anthony Huber’s family tells us: “Today’s verdict means that there is no responsibility for the person who murdered our son. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any city, incite violence, and then use the danger they created to justify shooting people in the streets. “
Make no mistake about it: our fight to hold those responsible for Anthony’s death to account continues with full force. Neither Mr. Rittenhouse nor the Kenosha Police who authorized his bloody rampage will escape justice. Anthony will have his day in court.
Kyle Rittenhouse has just been found not guilty on all counts in the Kenosha shooting case.
Rittenhouse was charged with intentional first degree homicide (aka murder), 2 counts of reckless endangering first degree safety, reckless first degree homicide and attempted first degree homicide. degree … concerning the death of Anthony huber and Joseph Rosenbaum … as well as the mutilation of Gaige Grosskreutz, who survived his shooting, respectively.
Rittenhouse held back tears as he read the verdict.
It’s been 2 long weeks and the procedural change, with Wisconsin state prosecutors trying to make their case … that Rittenhouse was seen as an active shooter that night, and he didn’t NOT the right to use force against protesters.
The prosecution also painted Rittenhouse as a minor John wayne – he was only 17 at the time of the incident – who apparently believed he had the right to patrol the streets of Kenosha as a result of the shooting of Jacob Blake … and which provoked and drew the ire of the demonstrators by carrying an AR-15 rifle.
That said … it would seem their characterization of things didn’t always hold up very well in front of the jury – as Rittenhouse’s defense team claimed their client only fired when he felt his life was in danger. death, and just enough to neutralize the threats he considered deadly at the time. Based on the evidence, it appears the jury is out for a big deal with this.
Another element that surely helped Rittenhouse … the fact that he and others testified that they heard Rosenbaum – the first person shot that night – threatening to kill KR and others in his patrol party … among other unruly behavior, many claim he was engaged in that night.
Rittenhouse says he was eventually ambushed by Rosenbaum after losing track of his crew on the streets, and then being chased by them… until Kyle turns and shoots him. He claimed Rosenbaum rushed to his gun and felt his safety was in jeopardy.
As he was running away from this scene he started to be chased by a mob again… Here too he claimed he feared for his life – and felt he needed to shoot his rifle in this. that the Rittenhouse team says is self-defense.
There were several key moments in the trial … including Assistant DA Thomas binger constantly being scolded and rejected by the judge Bruce schröder – especially when Binger tried to label Rittenhouse’s silence after his arrest as a sign of guilt… a big legal no-no.
Of course, there was also the moment when Kyle himself stood up for himself – in which he broke down and cried while recounting the shootings.
Binger pointing Rittenhouse’s real weapon to the jury in final argument was a highlight … which he seemed to do to dramatic effect in making his final point, but which also elicited a lot of backlash for what many saw as a reckless and dangerous display.
Now that Rittenhouse’s fate is sealed… another round of protests is expected in the city, and authorities are bracing for the worst (yet).
Originally posted – 10:19 AM PT