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Sat Nov 20, 2021, 02:00 PM

Kyle Rittenhouse wasn't convicted because, in America, white reasoning rules

Before sending a Kenosha, Wisconsin, jury to deliberate if Kyle Rittenhouse is a murderer, Judge Bruce Schroeder informed Rittenhouse’s hand-picked jury that his fate rests on the “privilege” of self-defense.

We now know what the jury decided.

Neither side disagreed that the 18-year-old intended to shoot Anthony M Huber, Joseph Rosenbaum and Gaige Grosskreutz. They don’t disagree that the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 is a dangerous weapon. However, under Wisconsin’s self-defense statutes, Rittenhouse was allowed to use deadly force, even if he provoked the 25 August attack, if he “reasonably believed” it was necessary to prevent his own death. Even though he traveled to the city and walked into a chaotic scene with a killing machine.

“A belief may be reasonable even though mistaken,” the jury instructions read. “In determining whether the defendant’s beliefs were reasonable, the standard is what a person of ordinate intelligence and prudence would have believed in the defendant’s position.”

Before former Kenosha alderman Kevin Mathewson summoned “patriots willing to take up arms and defend our city from the evil thugs”, no one else had died during the unrest in his city. Before Rittenhouse killed two people and wounded another, no one else had been shot. So, why is it reasonable to believe Rittenhouse needed a killing machine to protect himself against the “evil thugs” who were not shooting and killing people?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/19/kyle-rittenhouse-conviction-america-white-privilege

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Nov 20, 2021, 02:04 PM

1. The jury instructions were defective and not reasonable.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Nov 20, 2021, 04:07 PM

2. The article is absolutely the truth

Worth the time to read it, it's exactly on target.

Rittenhouse, who ideologically is a white supremacist racist by his own words and admission, came at the call of another white supremacist racist to a city where Black Lives Matter was protesting the murder of an unarmed black man shot in the back 7 times bya police officer. The protestors Rittenhouse shot were white but in his mind on "the wrong side."

This is exactly what the gun rights nutjobs want, the right to kill without accountability. That's the crux of the NRA's whole existence.

If you look at the Wisconsin statute, that's where the problem lies. Yeah, the judge gathered himself a reputation, the prosecution did too, but their hands were tied because they followed the way the law was written. They couldn't do much else.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Nov 21, 2021, 01:47 PM

3. Excellent article

Well worth reading the whole thing.
Thank you.

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