Monday, November 29, 2021

Rittenhouse juror fired after joke about the shooting of Jacob Blake

KENOSHA, Wisconsin (AP) – A juror on the Kyle Rittenhouse murder was fired Thursday after a court security official said a man told a joke about the police shooting of Jacob Blake that sparked protests in Wisconsin, where Rittenhouse is accused. shooting of three people.

Kenosha County District Judge Bruce Schroeder said the security officer had reported the remarks earlier this week. Prosecutor Thomas Binger said the views expressed indicated racial bias. Blake, who is Black, was shot by Kenosha’s white cop and left partially paralyzed.

When Schroeder called the jury into the courtroom to discuss what he said, the juror said he did not want to repeat his comments. But Schroeder said that “there is clearly a semblance of bias that will seriously undermine the outcome of the case” and that the juror will be dismissed.

Then the juror replied: “This has nothing to do with the case. It had nothing to do with Kyle. “

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Rittenhouse, 18, of Antioch, Illinois, killed two people and injured a third during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha in August 2020. The protests began after a police officer shot Blake in the back while responding to reports of domestic riots. Blake fought the officers and had a knife. The district attorney later refused to press charges against the officer.

Twenty jurors were tried this week for the Rittenhouse trial for murder and other charges, and Schroeder said he will decide later which 12 will rule in the case and which will be alternatives.

Rittenhouse, who said he went to the protest that night to protect business from harm from protesters, could face life in prison if convicted in a politically polarizing case. Prosecutors portray Rittenhouse as the instigator of the bloodshed, while his lawyer claims that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.

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