Jury Finds 18-Year-Old Kyle Rittenhouse Not Guilty On All Counts

In Summary

The jurors in the case against 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse found him not guilty on all counts after a high-profile case.

A jury has ruled 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty on all counts after a high-profile trial.  

The Charges

Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

The judge previously dismissed the weapons charge against him. Experts say it was one of the stronger counts against the teen accused of shooting Gaige Grosskreutz and killing Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum at a demonstration protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.  

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Court Proceedings

The trial was often contentious and featured heated exchanges between the prosecution and the judge in the case. Before the defense rested its case, defense attorney Corey Chirafisi filed a motion to end in mistrial citing prejudice, CNN reported. Assistant District Attorney Joseph Binger and Judge Bruce Schroeder argued several times in court when jurors were asked to leave the courtroom.  

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Schroeder issued a warning to the prosecution, but a second incident ensued when Binger asked Rittenhouse about an incident that took place two weeks after the trial ended when he was seen at a bar in a shirt that said: “Free As F—-.” 

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When the defense presented their case, Rittenhouse took the stand and cried, resulting in a recess. Many watching the trial did not buy his attempt to show emotion or remorse for his behavior.  

Verdict Reaction

Karen Bloom and John Huber, the parents of Anthony Huber, released the following statement:

“We are heartbroken and angry that Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in his criminal trial for the murder of our son Anthony Huber. There was no justice today for Anthony, or for Mr. Rittenhouse’s other victims, Joseph Rosenbaum and Gaige Grosskreutz,” it said. “Today’s verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they created to justify shooting people in the street. We hope that decent people will join us n forcefully rejecting that message and demanding more of our laws, our officials, and our justice system.”

Martin Luther King III and his wife Arndrea Waters King issued the following statement:

“When a teenager feels emboldened to take to the streets, armed with an assault rifle, and takes the lives of two of his fellow Americans, and then is not held accountable for his actions, it is clear that we, as a nation, are broken. Today, we are tasked with answering the question my father posed at the end of his life: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? We must choose community. We must choose a path forward that builds the Beloved Community and replaces poverty, racism, and violence with peace, justice, and equity.”

Reaction to the verdict also began pouring in on social media with many pointing to the different outcomes in the way Black and white people are treated by the criminal justice system.

Rittenhouse’s Legal Team Speaks

Rittenhouse’s attorney Mark Richards spoke after the not guilty verdict was returned and maintained his client did not start the interaction before the shooting. Richards also said his team had to overcome misinformation about what really happened due to what was being put out on social media. When asked about putting Rittenhouse on the stand, he said he had to put his client on the stand.

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