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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Rittenhouse jury deliberates for third day without ruling

by Michael Tarm, Scott Bauer and Amy Forlitti

Kenosha, Wis. (AP) — A jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial held on Thursday for a third full day without reaching a verdict, while a judge banned MSNBC from Courthouse because of their bus on a freelancer for the network. The jurors were accused of following. ,

The jury members will return Friday morning to resume their work. Unlike in the past, he had no questions and no requests to review any evidence Thursday in the politically and racially fraught case.

Rittenhouse, 18, is facing trial for murdering two people and injuring a third with a rifle, following protests after a black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by a white police officer in Kenosha in the summer of 2020. happened during a turbulent night.

Even when the jury weighed the evidence, the defense’s two erroneous requests hung the case if the panel had the ability to overturn the verdict to convict Rittenhouse. One of those requests asks the judge to go even further and prevent prosecutors from trying again.

Also on Thursday, Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder banned MSNBC after police said they detained a man who had chased a jury bus and may have tried to photograph jurors.

NBC News said in a statement that the man was a freelancer who had received a citation for a traffic violation that occurred near a jury vehicle, and that he “never intended to photograph or be photographed.”

What the judge said was her own request before the jurors retired around 4 p.m. One of them asked if she could take the jury’s directions home, and the judge said yes but told her that she Can’t talk to anyone about them. Before deliberation, Schroeder read about 36 pages of instructions to the jury on the charges and the laws of self-defense.

After the jury left, Rittenhouse Attorney Mark Richards told the judge that he feared taking home instructions to the members would give the jury a chance to look up things in the dictionary or do their own research.

Tom Grieve, a Milwaukee attorney and former prosecutor who was not involved in the case, called the move “definitely unusual in my experience.” “The natural issue is that this armchair will take away research and table discussion,” he said.

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At the end of the day, the jury members looked tired, but no more than they did at the end of their first day. No one apparently seemed upset. The two jurors spoke at ease as they walked out the door.

Rittenhouse was a 17-year-old former police youth cadet who, when he went to Kenosha, said there was an attempt to protect property after rioters set fires and ransacked businesses the previous nights.

He shot and killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber, and now wounded 28-year-old Gage Groskretz. Rittenhouse is white, as is the one he shot.

Rittenhouse said he acted in self-defense after the attack, while prosecutors argued that he incited the bloodshed.

The case has exposed the deep divide among Americans over guns, racial injustice, vigilantism and self-defense in America.

For some civil rights activists, the shooting was an attack on the movement for racial justice, and some have complained of a racial double standard in the way Rittenhouse was treated by law enforcement that night.

The defense twice asked the judge to declare a false trial, alleging that he was given a shoddy copy of a potentially important video and that the prosecution asked Rittenhouse inappropriate questions during cross-examination.

Schroeder has said that if there is a guilty verdict then the wrong bid will have to be addressed. If Rittenhouse is acquitted, the dispute will not matter. But if he is convicted and the judge then declares a wrongful trial, he will set aside the verdict.

Rittenhouse could face life imprisonment if convicted of the most serious charge against him.

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Forlity reported from Minneapolis, Bauer from Madison, Wisconsin. Associated Press writers Tammy Weber in Fenton, Michigan, and Todd Richmond in Madison contributed to this story.

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