On Wednesday, Judge Bruce Schroeder, who is presiding over the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, said CNN’s chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin for his “obvious legal ignorance.”
The trial began on Monday and has had a lot of media attention from the moment Rittenhouse’s gun went off on August 25, 2020. Schroeder had words for the media, arguing that the commentary they were offering was ignorant of the law. After noting that a commentator had called the case the “most divisive case in the country to date,” Schoreder said,“I’m going to comment about the media — again.”
He continued: “This was on CNN — Jeffrey Toobin and another attorney there … A comment was made that the ruling was incomprehensible.” He added, “And I think they obviously are not familiar with this rule. That’s our law. That’s the law in the Jackson case; it’s the law in the case of the United States against Craig A. Smith, which is 230 federal second 300, a Seventh Circuit case from 2000. This is admissible evidence.”
Schroeder’s speech was reportedly ignited by the defense challenging the prosecution’s request to show a video with audio. The defense called the audio “hearsay that was inadmissible”. Schroeder ultimately allowed the audio to be played during certain parts of the video.
One witness, Koerri Washington, testified in the case. Washington said that he remembers Rosebaum being at the gas station, throwing around the n-word and repeatedly saying “shoot me”. He said he made a “mental note” of the “erratic” way in which Joseph Rosenbaum, whom Rittenhouse fatally shot, was acting. confirmed he had watched videos of the incident.
Rittenhouse is facing six charges– five felony counts and one misdemeanor. They include one count of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.
He was arrested after the incident occured in 2020, when he was not yet 18 years old. His arrest was for fatally shooting two men, as well as shooting and injuring a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin during a period of civic unrest.
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