Law/Justice

‘Don’t get brazen with me!’: Rittenhouse judge snaps at prosecutor as defense requests a mistrial

When a judge gets that angry at one of the attorneys it’s usually a signal that particular attorney’s case isn’t going so well.

By Caitlin Dickson, Yahoo News

The Kenosha County, Wis., judge presiding over Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial clashed with the lead prosecutor several times during the teenager’s cross-examination on Wednesday, while defense attorneys requested a mistrial alleging prosecutorial misconduct.

The first instance took place shortly after Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger began cross-examining Rittenhouse, an Illinois teen who is being tried for fatally shooting two people and wounding another during a chaotic night of protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha in the summer of 2020.

The defense objected to Binger’s questions about Rittenhouse’s decision to remain silent about the shootings until taking the witness stand Wednesday, arguing that this line of inquiry infringed on Rittenhouse’s Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself.

While Binger said he was making the case that Rittenhouse had tailored his testimony based on what other witnesses had said before him, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder appeared to agree with the defense, ordering the jury out of the room before rebuking the prosecutor.

“The problem is this is a grave constitutional violation for you to talk about the defendant’s silence,” Schroeder yelled. “You’re right on the borderline, and you may be over it. But it better stop.”

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