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Rittenhouse rules: Prosecutorial hypocrisy

By M.D. Kittle 

Wisconsin Spotlight | Dec. 3, 2020

MADISON — Here’s where we stand in the land of rotten prosecutors: The mainstream media and politicians can paint Kyle Rittenhouse as a white supremacist, but his defense team can’t describe the 17-year-old in the crosshairs of a nationally watched homicide case as “God-fearing.” 

Last week, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger filed a motion asking the judge to stop Rittenhouse’s attorneys from saying nice things about their client. Prosecutors insist such characterizations would have a “substantial likelihood of materially prejudging an impartial trial.” 

Can there be such a thing as an impartial trial for Kyle Rittenhouse? The Antioch, Ill., teen stands accused of shooting to death two protesters and injuring another on the last violent night of the riots that destroyed a large swath of Kenosha’s business districts. The racially charged riots followed the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was being arrested in connection with a domestic incident. 

While Rittenhouse has already been tried and found guilty in the liberal-led court of public opinion, Binger wants to silence the teen’s defense.

Congressional “Squad” member Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass) on national television can call Rittenhouse a “17-year-old white supremacist,” but his defense team publicly describing their client as “service-oriented” will prejudice a jury. Joe Biden can push far and wide a campaign video that “falsely portrays Rittenhouse as a white supremacist intent on committing harm” without the benefit of a conviction, but the teen’s defenders characterizing him as “God-fearing” will only “encourage jury nullification.” 

Kenosha County prosecutors — and many others — believe Rittenhouse killed the protesters in cold blood. 

Rittenhouse — and many others — assert he was defending himself from people attempting to hurt him, and others.  

A jury weighing the evidence will make the final call. 

But gag orders stopping Rittenhouse’s attorneys from defending his character from slanderous charges isn’t just hypocrisy, it’s an assault on due process — and justice itself.  

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