On August 23 of last year, a 29-year-old black man was shot and tortured by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This incident sparked massive protests and riots. During this, Kyle Rittenhouse shot two protesters. On Wednesday, his attorney asked for a mistrial with prejudice. Learn more about it here!
Who is Kyle Rittenhouse?
Kyle Rittenhouse, a civilian, who was 17 years old last year, was part of a protest. He was carrying an AR-style semi-automatic weapon and a medical bag. The incident explained above occurred in 2020, leading to riots and protests. The situation worsened as demonstrations, property damage and clashes with police increased. Right in the middle of this event, Kyle shot two protesters, wounding one with a gun he had.
For this, he is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and homicide. On November 10, 2021, his lawyer requested a null trial with prejudice. We know you may be wondering what these terms really mean? So here is the full explanation.
What is a mistrial with prejudice?
The plea means the state cannot ask to retry the case if the judge passes sentence. The possibilities of annulment of the trial arise on the part of the judge if there is an error at the time of the trial, or any conduct in the room or outside it. Corey Chirafisi, Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney, said Wednesday that the defense was on a motion to mistrial. To this, Judge Bruce Schroeder said he would consider Corey Chirafisi’s motion at a later date according to reports.
During the trial, the judge yelled at Thomas Binger, who was questioning Kyle. Thomas filed a video in front of the court about the incident that happened. In return, Kyle Rittenhouse said that what he did was okay because he was protecting himself.
Kyle Rittenhouse snapped during trial
In his defense he explained everything that happened. He said the protesters first attacked him with the skateboard and tried to shoot him with his own gun. For himself, he did the deed. As he explained, he burst into tears. His mother, present at the hearing, also sobbed, so the judge also called for a recess. The trial lasted all day because of his testimony. This led to angry discussions between the lawyers.