The Gun Show Almanac

Kyle Rittenhouse NOT GUILTY on ALL Charges – A Big Win For The 2nd Amendment!

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 10:26 AM PT – Friday, November 19, 2021

There’s big news out of Kenosha, Wisconsin where Kyle Rittenhouse has been found not guilty on all charges. The verdict was announced Friday after three days of jury deliberations.

Rittenhouse faced five charges, including first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment. jurors unanimously decided Rittenhouse is not guilty on all charges.

Friday’s decision culminates two weeks of testimony during which jurors heard from 30 witnesses, including Rittenhouse himself. The 18-year-old was immediately released from custody.

Judge Bruce Schroeder welcomed the jury back into the courtroom Thursday after they asked the judge about rewatching key footage relevant to the case. The judge allowed them to view the drone footage again despite Rittenhouse’s attorney challenging the decision. The judge also slammed the media for “grossly irresponsible handling” of the trial.

Prosecutors previously delivered a message to the jury, claiming Rittenhouse provoked the shooting last year. Defense attorneys countered by detailing how Rittenhouse was attacked and acted in self-defense during violent Black Lives Matter riots.

Rittenhouse maintained that he did nothing wrong and acted in self-defense. During his earlier testimony, the 18-year-old outlined the events of August 24 and 25. He explained what he was doing in Kenosha, Wisconsin on those days and the events leading up to him using a weapon.

Rittenhouse first took questions from his own counsel. He recalled hearing a gunshot fired behind him, being chased by what he described as a mob, but then broke down when attempting to explain the events leading to him firing his first shot.

The prosecution was given a chance to ask Rittenhouse their questions, but on several occasions stepped out of line. This forced the judge to send the jury out of the room.

Judge Bruce Schroeder was shocked at the state’s attempts to reintroduce evidence originally rejected by the court and that prosecutor Thomas Binger questioned Rittenhouse’s decision to remain silent after the shooting.

“I was astonished when you began your examination by commenting on the defendant’s post arrest silence,” stated the Judge. “That’s basic law, it’s been the basic law in this country for forty years, fifty years. I have no idea why you would do something like that. Well, I’ll leave it at that. So I don’t know what you’re up to.”

Defense attorneys outlined their case for self-defense during opening arguments in the trial with both sides delivering remarks to the 11 women and nine men who will decide the teen’s fate.

Rittenhouse has been accused of killing two people and wounding a third during the August 2020 riots. Experts say under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse has a strong self-defense case and prosecutors will have to convince the jury he forfeited that claim after showing up with a weapon.

Prosecutors argued Rittenhouse was the aggressor during last year’s incident and had no justification for the shooting. However, defense lawyers said Rittenhouse was attacked by a mob and did what he could to survive.

During jury selection, the judge warned jurors of “irresponsible and deliberately biased” media coverage surrounding the case. The judge noted their decision could not be influenced by politics.

Ahead of the verdict, authorities in Kenosha prepared for possible unrest with around 500 National Guardsmen deployed just outside the city. Gov. Tony Evers (D) announced the troops would support local law enforcement if needed. Evers urged those choosing to assemble to do so safely and peacefully.

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