Crime Watch Live: Kyle Rittenhouse Motion Hearing
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John Pierce, the MAGA-sympathizing lawyer and anti-vaxxer representing scores of defendants charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, has finally reemerged in court after mysteriously disappearing from public view for weeks amid a purported bout of COVID. During a virtual hearing for one of his insurrectionist clients on Wednesday, Pierce told Judge Zia Faruqui that he was released from the hospital on Sunday and can “100 percent…no question” move forward with his heavy caseload.“I appreciate the court’s, government’s, and [my] client’s patience during this time,” Pierce said, adding that he is “hanging in there” after a 12-day hospital stay in Los Angeles.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Friday in the fatal shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injury of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. The hearing will focus on evidentiary issues. Chief among those issues is a prosecution request for jurors to be allowed to watch a video that allegedly shows.
Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder will also consider a request by the prosecution to bar the defense’s alleged “use-of-force expert” John R. Black from testifying during trial.
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There will also be rulings on several key requests by the defense–including whether to bar evidence that Rittenhouse allegedly hit a woman in July 2020 who was involved in an altercation with his sister. Another high-profile evidentiary request from the defense is whether or not jurors can be told the defendant went to a bar with the far-right Proud Boys street gang in January after he was charged while wearing a shirt that read: “Free as Fuck.”
Court is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. CT / 11:00 a.m ET. You can watch in the player above.
The case is a conservative cause célèbre. As seen on video, Rittenhouse, then 17, opened fire in a nighttime confrontation with protesters amid the police shooting of local man Jacob Blake.
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A crowd chases a suspected shooter down in Kenosha. He trips and falls, then turns with the gun and fires several times. Shots can be heard fired elsewhere as well, corroborating reports of multiple shooters tonight
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene)
[Warning: Video is disturbing.]
The defendant maintains he was protecting himself. His actions, prosecutors said, were illegal. Rittenhouse was charged with multiple counts including first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree intentional homicide. The accused teenager–an Illinois resident who said he was in Wisconsin forand showed up to the scene with a rifle–and other armed conservatives have been criticized by prosecutors and commentators alike, accused of looking for trouble at the Blake protests. Rittenhouse, additionally, was too allegedly young to buy the firearm or possess it under Wisconsin law.
Kyle Rittenhouse Gets Court Victory as Judge Refuses Proud Boy Links as Trial Evidence
"There is nothing in this evidence that would support that the shootings were race-based," Rittenhouse attorney Cory Chirafisi said. "We are hoping to try this case on the facts."Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder's decision on Friday removes a line of attack prosecutors had hoped to use during the trial scheduled for November to show that Rittenhouse was a "chaos tourist" drawn to Kenosha "like a moth to a flame," as Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger described him in court.
“I feel I had to protect myself,” he toldin an interview last year. “I would have died that night if I didn’t.”
Jury selection is scheduled to begin November 1.
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Friday 5: Kyle Busch backs words with action .
Kyle Busch follows through on what he said after his Darlington crash. A driver below the cutline says his team is "very dangerous." A special helmet for a playoff driver.Frustrated with his car’s performance that night, Busch told NBC Sports: “I don’t know what our problem is, but every time I go to the (simulator) … and think we had a good sim session, we go to the racetrack and we suck. So, I’m done with that.