The jury will have to weigh some minor charges in the Rittenhouse case – Boston Herald

KENOSHA, Wis. “The jurors who will decide the fate of Kyle Rittenhouse will be allowed to consider minor charges if they choose to acquit him of some of the original charges,” the judge said Friday during a controversial hearing in which both sides could claim partial charges. . victory.

Rittenhouse, from nearby Antioch, Illinois, testified that he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two protesters and wounded a third during a night of riots in Kenosha in August 2020 after police shot at Jacob Blake, a black man.

Juries are expected to begin debating Monday after concluding arguments in a case that has left Americans in disagreement over whether Rittenhouse was a patriot who took a stand against lawlessness, or a vigilant who brought a gun to a protest to provoke an answer.

With a verdict close, Governor Tony Evers said Friday that 500 members of the National Guard would be prepared for service in Kenosha if local law enforcement requested them.

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, is charged with premeditated murder and other charges for killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz.

Wisconsin law allows the prosecution and the defense to ask that jurors be told they can consider minor charges as part of the instructions they receive before they discuss. Defense attorneys can object to minor charges, and in some cases Friday, they did. For those they did not protest, Judge Bruce Schroeder asked Rittenhouse to confirm that he agreed with his lawyers’ decision.

Schroeder told Rittenhouse that by including the minor charges, “you raise the risk of conviction even if you avoid the possibility that the jury will end up compromising on the more serious crime. And you also reduce the risk of you ending up with a new trial because the jury can not agree. “

Rittenhouse said he understood.

Schroeder said he would issue his final decisions Saturday, but he made some results from the bench and indicated how he could rule over others. For points where jurors are allowed to consider minor charges, they will be instructed to consider them only if they first acquit Rittenhouse of the more serious original equivalent charge.

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