Kyle Rittenhouse Inquiry: Prosecution and Defense Opens Jury Discussion After Closing Arguments

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The prosecution described Kyle Rittenhouse as a “sloppy traveler,” who was looking for trouble at Kenosha’s closing arguments last August, but his defense attorney argued that the 17-year-old was “trying to protect businesses when he was mad.” The man “ambushed him and urged Rittenhouse to protect him.

Judge Bruce Schroeder ordered the jury to convene at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning after two weeks of testimony from about 30 witnesses.

Rittenhouse faces charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment of safety.

The judge threw out a charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by an under-18 person on Monday after Rittenhouse’s defense team argued that a subsection of the law relating to short-barreled rifles was the basis for dismissal.

Kyle Rittenhouse, his lawyer, Mark Richards, will hear his final argument during the Rittenhouse hearing on November 15, 2021 at the Kenosha County, Wisconsin, US, Kenosha County Courthouse. By Sean Krajasik / Pool LOVEBYLIFE

Rittenhouse was 17 years old last August in protest against police brutality, about 20 miles south of Kenosha, Wisconsin. During the unrest, Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and wounded a third.

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During his closing argument Monday, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger called Rittenhouse a “wannabe soldier” who urged the group to attack him.

“Under Wisconsin law, you are not allowed to run toward people and show your firearm. It is a provocation. It initiates the incident,” Binger told the jury. The protesters.

“When you bring yourself a gun, you risk losing your right to self-defense when it comes to creating danger.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger holds Kyle Rittenhouse's firearm while delivering the state's final argument at Kyle Rittenhouse's hearing at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., On Monday, November 15, 2021.  (Pool via Sean Krajasik / The Kenosha News AP)

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger holds Kyle Rittenhouse’s firearm while delivering the state’s final argument at Kyle Rittenhouse’s hearing at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., On Monday, November 15, 2021. (Pool via Sean Krajasik / The Kenosha News AP)

Defense Attorney Mark Richards criticized Binger as a desperate prosecutor who mismanaged the case and is now resorting to the right to provocation.

“Think back to the November second when this case started. Did you hear a word from Mr. Binger’s mouth about the provocation? You didn’t, because it was never said,” Richards told the jury. “But when his case exploded in his face, now he comes out with a provocation.”

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Rittenhouse testified last week that the first person to be shot that night was 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, who threatened to kill him and tried to grab his gun.

“If I let Mr. Rosenbaum take my rifle from me, he would have used it and killed me and probably killed more people,” Rittenhouse said.

During closing arguments, Richards called Rosenbaum a “crazy man” who “had a hell of a lot of trouble that night,” but Binger Rosenbaum was “out of arm’s reach when the first shot happened.”

Kyle Rittenhouse's leading attorney, center, is standing by Mark Richards as he waits for the opening day at Kenosha County Courthouse on November 15, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool / Getty Images)

Kyle Rittenhouse’s leading attorney, center, is standing by Mark Richards as he waits for the opening day at Kenosha County Courthouse on November 15, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool / Getty Images)

Moments after Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum, 26-year-old Anthony Huber can be seen in the crowd video hitting Rittenhouse from a skateboard. Rittenhouse shot and killed Huber, then shot 28-year-old Guyz Groeskrutz in the arm. Grosskreutz testified at the trial that his handgun was fired at Rittenhouse.

Kyle Rittenhouse Trial: What is the Law of Self-Defense?

After the initial Rosenbaum shooting, Ringerhouse had the right to believe the audience was an “active shooter,” Binger said.

“It is perfectly reasonable for people to believe at that moment that he is threatening to kill again,” Binger said Monday. “Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you. In this situation, the audience has the right to try and stop an active shooter. They have the right to defend themselves.”

Richards called Binger’s claim that Rittenhouse was an active shooter “BS.”

“Kyle Rittenhouse’s conduct is protected under Wisconsin state law, self-defense law,” Richards told the jury. “Kyle Rittenhouse shot Mr. Rosenbaum as he attacked Kyle. Every person who was shot was attacking Kyle: with a skateboard, with his hands, with his feet and with a gun. Hands and feet can cause great body damage.”

Wisconsin’s self-defense law permits anyone to use lethal force “if it is necessary to prevent an imminent death or to cause great harm to himself or herself.”

Eight men and 10 women are investigating the case. A dozen judges will be drawn at random on Tuesday morning, and the other six will be substituted.

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