Margaret Russell, a professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law and co-founder of the Equal Justice Society, agreed, saying that jury selection seems “surprisingly quick” for a case that includes some of the hottest of our day. controversial, inflammatory issues”. “
Rittenhouse is white, as of the three men he shot in August 2020. But the case has raised questions about racial justice, police, firearms and white privilege, which have polarized people outside Kenosha.
Blake, who was shot by the officer two days before Rittenhouse shot three people, was partially paralyzed in the shooting. Police say it happened when they answered a call for domestic disturbance and that Blake had a knife. The county prosecutor later declined to charge the officer.
The protests following Blake’s shooting turned violent and destructive at times, with rioters setting fires and vandalizing businesses. Rittenhouse, 17, traveled from her home in Illinois to Kenosha, across the Wisconsin state line. The former police young cadet said he had gone to Kenosha to protect the property. He was carrying an AR-style rifle when he was walking on the streets.
Prosecutors have portrayed Rittenhouse as the instigator of the three shootings, while his lawyer says Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
After his arrest, conservatives called Rittenhouse an American patriot, people contributed millions of dollars to the Legal Defense Fund and helped the now 18-year-old Post get a $2 million bail to leave prison.