The Rittenhouse jury concludes the hearings for the day, resuming Wednesday


The 12 jurors selected to hear the case and reach a verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial have been instructed by law, but no one tells them what to do once they enter the room.

“This is one of the great mysteries of our legal system,” said CNN Senior Legal Analyst Elie Honig about what happens next in the process.

He said the group will typically choose a chairman first, but then different juries will approach the task in different ways.

“All we’re going to know is that we’re getting small hints on a regular basis over the next few days,” Honig said, adding that those hints will come in the form of notes. The jury may ask to see certain evidence or have witnesses read it back.

Eventually, they will vote on each of the counts, Honig explained.

“It’s not all guilty or all innocent. We could be guilty on some points, not guilty on others,” he said.

A group of 18 jurors was in court throughout the trial, but six were rejected by a random draw Tuesday morning. The final panel of 12 people consists of five men and seven women, according to a pool reporter in court.

More about the case: Rittenhouse faces five charges of crimes, and if convicted of the most serious charge, he could face a mandatory life sentence in prison.

The trial featured more than a dozen videos from the night showing what happened before, during and after the shootings.

Most of the facts about what happened that night were not up for debate – rather, the core of the trial was the analysis of Rittenhouse’s actions and whether they can be considered “reasonable”.

CNN’s Eric Levenson, Carma Hassan and Brad Parks contributed reporting for this post.


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