By Conrad Black, American Greatness
The Rittenhouse case avoided the curse of the American justice system; it certainly did not exonerate or vindicate it.
It is undoubtedly true that the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Friday was a victory over dishonest and overreaching prosecutors, over a largely dishonest national media, and over the same elements that produced mob rule in Kenosha in the summer of 2020.
The jurors, in their questions and their diligence, clearly overcame the immense media bias against Rittenhouse, and the intermittent chanting and howling by mobs outside the courthouse of often rather explicit threats against the jurors if they did not convict. The case was widely misrepresented as a trial of white-supremacist vigilantism intruding into Wisconsin from outside to aggravate the oppression of blacks in Kenosha. The jurors deduced that the defendant was invited to Kenosha by his family, had been asked to help defend an automobile dealership in the event of violence, was a legal carrier of the specific weapon that he owned, which was legally in the home of relatives in Kenosha.
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