by Eddie Scarry
For there to be a murder conviction in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, two things have to happen: Jurors must feel intimidated into rendering a guilty verdict and prosecutors must convince those jurors of a version of events that directly contradicts eye-witness testimony and what is plainly seen on video.
The intimidation factor is already in the bag. Multiple jurors expressed this week that they believed that “half the country will be up in arms” regardless of the trial’s outcome, that they were “afraid of our community and the outsiders of our community that are coming in,” and wondering “Am I gonna get home safe?”
The second half is a little trickier, but damned if the state isn’t already trying. In his opening argument on Tuesday, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger painted a wild version of events that isn’t even close to what’s in the state’s original criminal complaint against Rittenhouse.
“The shot that killed Mr. Rosenbaum was a shot to the back,” he said Tuesday. “This occurred after the defendant chased down Mr. Rosenbaum and confronted him while wielding that AR-15.”
I don’t know how Binger plans to convince the jury that their eyes are deceiving them because unfortunately for him, the overwhelming evidence does not sit with his story and the court will eventually hear and, more importantly, see all of it.
The state’s complaint, backed by video evidence, says that on that night of rioting in August 2020, Joseph Rosenbaum was seen “following” Rittenhouse, 17 years old at the time, across a parking lot. Rosenbaum “appears to continue to approach” Rittenhouse, who then fired his AR-15 four times. A witness, journalist Richard McGinnis, told authorities he saw Rosenbaum “initially try to engage” Rittenhouse and “trying to get closer” to him, the complaint says.
At that point, Rittenhouse “did a ‘juke’ move and started running.” Others nearby also began giving chase after Rittenhouse, who was, according to McGinnis, “trying to evade these individuals,” the complaint says. Rittenhouse had his firearm pointed downward, but Rosenbaum, 36, “was trying to grab the barrel of the gun,” according to the complaint, citing McGinnis’s testimony. Rittenhouse then raised the weapon and shot Rosenbaum.
As for the bullet that Rosenbaum took to the back, Binger seemed to suggest that it was the lone shot. It wasn’t. That bullet hit Rosenbaum only after he was shot in the front at least two times while advancing on Rittenhouse. As he fell forward, Rittenhouse continued to shoot, and that’s when he was struck in the back.
Jack Posobiec broke the newly released video showing that Rittenhouse was shot at first and his return fire was self defense. It has also been learned the the FBI had him under surveillance that evening and the video had been in their possession since that evening. Why would the FBI not release that to the defense?
This is the same FBI that orchestrated the January 06 insurrection with the intention of blaming President Trump’s supporters…
the f**kup fbi can only sole issues and cases which they construct. the first case to be solved as a “new” fbi was to look for underge hookers from mexic in vagas. Right, underage mexican hookers.. only 9 arrest were ever made.
Like everything the left takes part in, there has to be a component of lies as the foundation of it. There won’t be any “uprising”; white guys were killed. There’s no left wing profit to be made by rioting over dead white guys, particularly when they are all convicted criminals.
I laughed at the opening statement of the prosecutor. He lied a few times quite blatantly, but even he couldn’t stop himself from actually supporting the defense.
There were clips that if you showed them you would think he WAS the defense.
There’s going to be a lot more Rittenhouses out there if these sh*tbags try to riot again, legally defending our people and our property.
Some black guy whose only claim to fame seemed to be skateboarding around looting and taking phone videos was a prosecution “witness.”
I wase really surprised the defense didn’t constantly object as he was asked, over and over on everything, what his OPINION was.
He is not an expert on anything!
Why was the jury allowed to even hear his drivel?
The prosecutors have committed malfeasence by withholding exculpatory evidence.
Rittenhouse is going to be found guilty of having posession of a gun while under age, and (I think) the prosecution will try to piggyback on that (as if that makes his every use of the gun also a crime.)
But, there are many cases of 12-year olds who grabbed a gun and defended themselves and their home against robbers, so I doubt that trick will fly.
Self defense is not a punishable crime, at least not yet…
But in the Union of Socialist Amerikan Republiks, resisting the State is.