Rittenhouse ‘Not Guilty’ Despite Everything Media, Democrats Threw At Him

A jury last week found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges related to the fatal shootings of two men during the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The 18-year-old Illinoisan, who claims he went to Kenosha last year armed with a rifle to protect local businesses from looting, walks a free man, even despite a months-long campaign by the press, Democratic officials, and even Big Tech to tip the scales against him.

They labeled Rittenhouse, who maintains he acted in self-defense, a murderer. They called him a racist. They scoured Rittenhouse’s social media feeds, drawing disturbing conclusions regarding his supposed lionization of the police.

They claimed the judge who presided over the murder trial, Bruce Schroeder, is a right-wing fanatic. They accused Schroeder of rigging the trial in Rittenhouse’s favor. They complained about the racial makeup of the jury. Rittenhouse is white. The men he shot and killed were white. Why it supposedly mattered that the jury didn’t feature more people of color is anyone’s guess.

They actively ignored the circumstances of the Kenosha shootings, treating the riots that ripped the city apart as a neutral backdrop, just an everyday occurrence that Rittenhouse supposedly shattered with his vigilante brutality.

They denied there were riots. They argued the riots were good and justified. They lionized the looters, the arsonists, and the rioters, most especially the men who were shot by Rittenhouse after they attacked him.

They accused those who defended Rittenhouse of harboring “violent fantasies.” They called Rittenhouse a Blue Lives Matter “fanatic.”

Newsrooms omitted or buried exculpatory evidence from their coverage of the trial, including when Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot by Rittenhouse, testified he was shot only after he charged at Rittenhouse and pointed his gun at him.

An NBC Chicago producer allegedly stalked members of the jury.

PolitiFact published a fact-check claiming Rittenhouse did not, in fact, open fire after he was “violently attacked.” Video evidence shows this is exactly what happened.

PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor claimed Rittenhouse is emblematic of conservatism’s larger belief that “it’s OK for a 17-year-old to shoot people on the street who are unarmed, who are at a protest.”

CBS News falsely reported Rittenhouse admitted from the stand to murdering two men. MSNBC likewise falsely reported that Rittenhouse’s defense team requested for the removal of Al Sharpton from the courtroom, saying they had no need for any more black pastors. (The defense team in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial in Georgia did this.)

Celebrities and left-wing activists coordinated a messaging campaign on social media, labeling Rittenhouse a “terrorist.”

GoFundMe shuttered a legal defense fund set up for Rittenhouse while allowing a fund to be set up for one of the men he shot. One newsroom went after a firefighter who donated a mere $10 to Rittenhouse’s legal defense. A police officer was fired for donating $25 to Rittenhouse’s legal team.

State officials announced ahead of the verdict that schools would be closed in preparation for possible violence, an announcement that could have very well influenced the jury’s thinking. State officials also revealed ahead of the verdict the National Guard had been put on standby, another public announcement with the power to scare the jury into handing down a guilty verdict.

Democratic lawmakers labeled Rittenhouse a white supremacist, even though there is no evidence to back this claim. They called him a white nationalist and a “domestic terrorist.”

“Lock up Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the key,” Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York said even as the trial was still underway.

They threw everything they had at Rittenhouse, and still the jury, unfazed by all the outside meddling, handed down the correct sentence.

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

T. Becket AdamsT. Becket Adams
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C E Voigtsbergfer

Once again proving the wisdom of our Founding Fathers in providing for a panel of ordinary citizens as a shield against the power of the state. Despite every slimy prosecutorial trick used by the prosecution to try to convict Rittenhouse, a semi-solid judge and a jury panel of serious jurors provided the shield against a wrongful conviction.

It has been a long standing rule that a prosecutor may not inquire into the defendant’s choice to avail himself of his right against self-incrimination provided for in the Fifth Amendment. The prosecutor well knew that unless he went to the Allie McBeal School of Law. He was rightly reprimanded by the judge for his willful violation of that rule of jurisprudence. Is that DA so lacking in constitutional law that he has never heard of Miranda v Arizona? It’s only been since about 1963 since that ruling was handed down. That carried the Fifth Amendment just a bit further than previously and reinforced the right against self-incrimination.

We might as well start off from the beginning, the Throw Enough Muck Against The Wall and Some of It Is Bound to Stick school of charging. Rittenhouse was charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of assault with intent to commit serious bodily injury. (I don’t know the Wisconsin version, that is the CA version.) He was also charged with transporting a firearm across state lines with some kind of criminal intent. It is not against the law so far as I know it to carry a firearm across state lines. If that were true, tens of thousands of hunters each year who go to another state to lawfully hunt game would be in serious trouble. And finally, the piece de resistance, “curfew violation”. I suspect that is an infraction in Wisconsin, not even a crime. You get a ticket for it, like parking in a red zone or rolling through a right hand stop sign. For real? You are trying a case where two of the charges are the most serious charge in our penal code and you include an infraction charge? If convicted what was the judge going to do, add a $25 fine on to two life sentences?

Then we get to the third episode of prosecutorial misconduct, failure to provide the defense with proposed evidence. “Oh, my bad, Judge. Our office overlooked that we hadn’t given this piece of evidence that we spent beaucoup bucks on developing to the defense so they could prepare to counter it.”

The real story is the DA ordered his office to bury that evidence until mid-trial when he wanted to introduce it into evidence. Another cheap, illegal maneuver too frequently engaged in by prosecutorial slimeballs.

At that point the judge, if he had any kind of backbone should have declared a mistrial with prejudice and referred the matter to the Wisconsin bar association for disciplinary proceedings against the DA.

Instead the judge passed the buck to the jury who providentially listened to the evidence and voted in accordance with their conscience and the law and acquitted Rittenhouse. By the way, that means all 12 jurors thought that Rittenhouse was not guilty. It wasn’t an 11-1 verdict, it was an unanimous verdict. That means all 12 were convinced he was not guilty.