The judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse the trial did something that at first glance seems pure and patriotic – but, arguably, this could also, unfairly, have an impact on the outcome of the trial.
Judge Bruce schröder opened the proceedings Thursday in Kenosha, WI by saying he wanted to take a moment to recognize Veterans Day. He asked if there were any military veterans on the jury, or anywhere in the courtroom.
Only one person answered … Black jeans, member of the Rittenhouse Defense Team. Judge Schroeder then asked everyone in court to applaud Black for his service, which they did.
Now it’s Veterans Day and no one is saying black people don’t deserve respect. The problem here is … because Black is the defense expert on the use of force, should the judge call for an applause for him ???
Judge Schroeder’s questionable decision comes days after he scammed the prosecutor for raising the fact that Rittenhouse was silent after his arrest to jurors … which they might read as a sign of guilt.
To be fair … anyone with a passing knowledge of the law knows you have the right to remain silent, so the prosecutor deserved that lick.
Likewise, the judge congratulating a member of the defense team with applause – even on Veterans Day – may not be the best look in the middle of a murder trial.