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Kyle Rittenhouse's Lawyers Seek Mistrial Over Prosecution Questioning

Kyle Rittenhouse's Lawyers Seek Mistrial Over Prosecution Questioning

Kyle Rittenhouse sobbed on the stand as he described the events of August 25 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

Kyle Rittenhouse has sobbed on the stand as he gave evidence in his own defence, whilst his lawyers have called for a mistrial following a line of questioning from the prosecution that they disagree with.

Rittenhouse is charged with the intentional homicide of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as well as the attempted homicide of another, as well as firearms and endangerment charges.

Now, his defence has sought a mistrial because they claim the prosecution has acted in 'bad faith'.

The judge yesterday (10 November) raised his voice to the prosecutors because they attempted to question Mr Rittenhouse over a video in which the 18-year-old said that he would shoot alleged shoplifters.

That video has previously been ruled as inadmissible to the court.


Judge Bruce Schroeder also rebuked the lawyers for questioning Rittenhouse about his silence in the months following the incident.

In his testimony, Rittenhouse described the events of 25 August 2020, when protesters were rioting in the city following the death of Jacob Blake at the hands of the police.

Rittenhouse sobbed uncontrollably as he told how a man 'cornered' him in a car park.

The defendant was only 17 when he killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, an act that his team argue was in self-defence.


The prosecution argues that Rittenhouse, who was armed with an AR-15 style rifle at the time, used deadly force intentionally to kill the two men and injure another.

The Illinois native said that Mr Rosenbaum chased him with a 'steel chain and he had a blue mask around his face'.

He continued: "He was just mad about something,

"He screamed, 'If I catch any of you f*****g alone I'm going to f*****g kill you"

He also said that Mr Rosenbaum used a racial slur and said that he was going to 'cut your f*****g heart out'.


Mr Rittenhouse said: "I didn't know if I was going to kill them, but I used deadly force to stop the threat that was attacking me."

Whilst prosecutors have argued that Rittenhouse made the situation more dangerous by bringing the rifle, he said he brought it 'because if I had to protect myself because somebody attacked me'.

"I didn't think I would be put into a situation to where I would have to defend myself," he added.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, for the prosecution, explained that - as a minor - Rittenhouse was not legally in possession of the rifle that night.

They have also tried to establish that he was not aware of how to properly use the firearm.

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Topics: World News, US News, Kyle Rittenhouse