Rittenhouse trial approaches in Kenosha, after more rulings from circuit judge | WUWM 89.7 FM

A judge has set additional rules for next week’s trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teenager who is charged with murder over a confrontation during the protests against a police shooting in Kenosha.

The wounding of a black man, Jacob Blake Jr., by a Kenosha officer, sparked several nights of demonstration last year. In one incident, Rittenhouse, who said he was helping protect a kenosha shop, shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Großkreutz. Rittenhouse demands self-defense.

During a hearing on Monday, Kenosha County’s Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger argued against admitting testimony from defense expert John Black, and concluded that the jury could form their own opinion on the evidence.

“His [John Black’s] Training and expertise will not bring him [Kyle Rittenhouse] in a better position than the sensible people we’re going to pick on this jury, “said ADA Binger.” They’re being shown exactly the same things that Dr. Black saw. They will be able to analyze and look at it the way he did and come to their own conclusions. “

Screenshot from the video of the courtroom

Kenosha Co. Judge Bruce Schroeder listens during Monday’s hearing on legal motions in the Rittenhouse case.

Kenosha District Judge Bruce Schroeder ruled that Black was allowed to speak about the schedule of the shootings. But the judge said Black won’t be able to speak about Rittenhouse’s state of mind.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors also argued over whether the jury could see a video of law enforcement officers telling Rittenhouse and other armed militia that they appreciated their presence prior to the shootings and tossing Rittenhouse a bottle of water.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi said the video was evidence for juries to consider when considering Rittenhouse’s behavior.

“As he [Rittenhouse] has conversations with police officers and they let him go about his business and the police say things like they said on the tape that affect his state of mind, “said Chirafisi.

ADA Binger argued that Rittenhouse’s police assessment – before he killed two people – had no bearing on whether the teen’s later actions were lawful.

But judge Schröder said in court that the video was probably permissible.

The selection of the jury in the Rittenhouse process is planned for Monday.

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