Prosecutor: Defendant should have let mob attack because ‘everybody takes a beating sometimes’

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KENOSHA, WI – In a rebuttal argument, James Kraus, one of the prosecutors in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, indicated that Rittenhouse should not have defended himself with a firearm because “everybody takes a beating sometimes.”

Kraus delivered these remarks at the tail end of the Rittenhouse trial on Monday, November 15, in response to a closing statement on Rittenhouse’s behalf by defense attorney Mike Richards.

According to CBS News, the prosecution’s closing arguments honed in on whether or not Rittenhouse was justified in his claim of self-defense.

The outlet noted:

“The state described Rittenhouse as an aggressor, a liar, and an ‘active shooter’ who did not face an imminent threat of great bodily harm or death but instead posed such a threat to others.”

Kraus can be seen in the video below suggesting that the minor nature of Rittenhouse’s injuries meant that he was not under threat of death or bodily harm.

Kraus stated:

“These minor injuries we’ve heard the defendant have, again, Mr. Richards misstated the standard.  It is not ‘could have caused great bodily harm or death.’ It is not ‘likely to have caused great bodily harm or death.’  

“It is ‘imminent threat of death or great bodily harm.’

“Where is that, when you get a couple scrapes?”

Kraus then appeared to attempt to normalize bodily harm by saying:

“Everybody takes a beating sometimes, right?”

He continued:

“Sometimes you get in a scuffle and you do get hurt a little bit.  That doesn’t mean you get to start plugging people with your full metal jacket AR-15 rounds.”

Earlier in his argument, Kraus also seemed to minimize the threat against Rittenhouse, saying:

“And he went around with his gun, trying to scare people, to intimidate them, to not do minor property damage.

“He’s a chaos tourist.”

He added:

“He was there to see what was going on, act important, be a big deal, and then the moment a little bit of that chaos comes back at him, he cowardly shoots a man, instead of fighting back.

“You put yourself in this situation.  You know it’s going to be out of hand.  It gets a little out of hand.  Someone is chasing me!  And you have to shoot them.  That is not privileged.”

Kraus took specific aim at the idea of a skateboard being a weapon, making light of it by saying:

“And now, a skateboard is a deadly weapon.  Someone should tell the parents and grandparents and Santa Claus giving skateboards this Christmas about how they’re giving their children a deadly weapon.”

Throwing in a taste of hyperbole, he added:

“I guess they should get them an AR-15 instead.”

In a moment of prescience, defense attorney Mike Richards predicted the prosecution’s minimization of the threat against Rittenhouse on the basis of the minor nature of his injuries, saying:

“I’m sure the state’s gonna get up and say, ‘Well, he didn’t have great bodily harm, so it doesn’t matter.’

“That’s not the standard.”

He continued: 

“The standard is, could cause great bodily harm.”

“My client does not have to take a beating from the hands of this mob, or the hands of Mr. Rosenbaum.”

The jury began its deliberations on the morning of Tuesday, November 16.

As the city of Kenosha prepares for the delivery of the verdict, Governor Tony Evers has called in 500 members of Wisconsin National Guard to assist local law enforcement in the event of post-verdict rioting.

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Kenosha County judge dismisses misdemeanor gun charge against Rittenhouse

Originally published November 15, 2021

The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the author.

KENOSHA, WI- Somebody better get Don Lemon and Joy Reid a tissue…or maybe a therapist.

The scary looking “assault” weapon Kyle Rittenhouse was armed with the night he used it in self-defense to dispatch two dirtbags to the nether regions was apparently quite legal for him to be carrying, according to the Washington Examiner.

Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder on Monday dismissed the misdemeanor count of possession of a dangerous weapon under the age of 18.

On Friday, Schroeder had signaled that he would be dismissing the charge and indicated he would inform the jury about a narrow exception to Wisconsin’s gun law after Rittenhouse’s attorneys made a third attempt to dismiss the misdemeanor charge.

On Monday, Schroeder put it quite succinctly—“Six is dismissed,” he said.

“If the barrel length is less than 16 inches or an overall length less than 26 inches, then I’ll deny either motion. If it does not meet those specifications, then this defense motion will be granted,” Schroeder said just before he rendered his decision.

According to law enforcement detective testimony in possession of defense lawyers, the AR-style weapon Rittenhouse was carrying on the night of the shooting does not fall into either of the above categories.

That charge held a potential prison sentence of up to nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine. Rittenhouse still has five charges hanging over him, including first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and reckless endangering.

The now-18-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is claiming self-defense, which it clearly was based on testimony as well as video evidence.

The trial stems from an incident on Aug 25, 2020, when Rittenhouse…then 17-years-old…crossed from Illinois into Kenosha, Wisconsin, where both his father and grandmother live.

According to his testimony, Rittenhouse left his home in Antioch, Illinois and went to Kenosha with a friend, Dominic Black to protect a car dealership targeted by violent rioters, as well as to render medical aid in the event there were injuries during the violent unrest.

Rittenhouse stands accused of killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, a convicted child molester; and Anthony Huber, 26, who beat him with a skateboard at least twice.

He also shot an antifa member named Gaige Grosskreutz, shooting him in the arm after Grosskreutz was ready to shoot him in the head. Despite the aforementioned Lemon and Reid, along with others such as Joe Biden calling him a “white supremacist,” everyone shot by Rittenhouse was white.

On Friday, defense attorney Corey Chirafisi, citing Wisconsin state statute 948.60 told Schroeder that Rittenhouse wasn’t subject to that law due to the narrow exception as follows:

“Any person under 18 years of age who possesses or goes armed with a dangerous weapon is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.”

The third section under the statute lists an exception, stating that it applies only to a person under 18 years of age carrying a gun who is “in violation of s. 941.28 or is not in compliance with ss. 29.304 and 39.593.

After Chirafisi’s request on Friday to drop the misdemeanor charge, the prosecution argued, saying, “Simply because he’s 17 does not automatically negate (2)(a),” said DA James Kraus.

Earlier last week, Schroeder dropped a misdemeanor curfew violation charge against the teen, ruling the state had failed to provide evidence of the order. That was clearly the least serious of all charges.

The case was scheduled to go to the jury on Monday where the charges he faces could amount to life in prison. The number of jurors will be reduced from 18 to 12 based on a number drawing much the same way as lottery numbers are drawn.

It is believed that if Rittenhouse is acquitted, the usual gaggle of Neanderthals, losers and dirtbags will once again take to the streets of Kenosha to throw a temper tantrum. 

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Meanwhile, the usual conga line of self-important Hollywood leftists who play make believe for a living weighed in on Kyle Rittenhouse’s testimony last week. In case you missed it, we invite you to:

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According to reports, left-wing Hollywood celebrities and elites are slamming Kyle Rittenhouse after the 18-year-old broke down on the witness stand on Wednesday, November 10th, calling him a “terrible (expletive) actor” and claiming that he is benefitting from “white male privilege.”

They are also attacking Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder for repeatedly admonishing the prosecution, claiming he is “biased” and even “deplorable.”

Celebrities including Dave Bautista, George Takei, Rosanna Arquette, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Padma Lakshmi have each taken hits on the 18-year-old defendant during his trial for the murder of two people when a Black Lives Matter protest turned violent in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Bautista tweeted:

“(Expletive) that kid!”

Arquette proclaimed:

“Kyle Rittenhouse is a murderer. The End.”

Takei wrote:

“A deplorable example, indeed.”

Reportedly, Rittenhouse’s lawyers have argued that he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed two men, then wounded another while he was defending his business in Kenosha from rioters.

Gaige Grosskreutz, a witness for the prosecution, admitted under oath that Rittenhouse only shot him when he pointed a pistol at the teen and advanced toward him. 

As the trial appeared to overwhelmingly favor Rittenhouse, celebrities have shifted into overdrive, attempting to sway public opinion that Rittenhouse is a “murderer.”

Bautista responded to a photo allegedly showing Rittenhouse making an “OK” sign with his hand, which leftists allege is a white supremacy signal. He wrote:

“Like I said, (expletive) that kid!”

Actress Rosanna Arquette, who once compared U.S. law enforcement to the “Gestapo,” called Rittenhouse a “murderer.” Star Trek veteran George Takei tweeted:

“If you want to see how justice often leans hard toward privilege, watch the judge in the Rittenhouse case. A deplorable example, indeed.”

AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead guest star Kevin Zegers accused Rittenhouse of faking his breakdown on the witness stand. He tweeted:

“This is how the first fake of a crying scene can look. Weeks of anxiety to push the tears out and you come up empty.”

In a since-deleted tweet, Epix’s Godfather of Harlem star Vincent D’Onofrio echoed Zeger’s claim that Rittenhouse was fake-crying. He wrote:

“Personally, I’ve never seen acting like that from you, but yes some less experienced actors. OOF! You are spot on Kevin.”

Bravo’s Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi snarked that America needs to re-define what it means to be a “promising young man.” She tweeted:

“Time for America to redefine what it means to be a ‘promising young man.'”

Universal’s The Fast and the Furious actor Chad Lindberg called Rittenhouse a “murdered” and a “terrible (expletive) actor.” Actress Katy Stoll tweeted:

“Everyone judging Kyle Rittenhouse’s performance today. Guys, he isn’t an actor – he’s a murderer, give him a break.”

Comedian and actor Gianmarco Soresi also accused Rittenhouse of bad acting. He tweeted:

“Kyle Rittenhouse’s acting is so bad that if he gets through this he should consider musical theater.”

Deadline editor and reporter Dominic Patten accused Rittenhouse of faking his breakdown on the witness stand, tweeting:

“Bad acting coach, crocodile tears — but perfect for Judge to give Rittenhouse a stern slap on the wrist & proclaim justice is done. Ain’t that America?”

CBS’s Blood and Treasure producer Matthew Federman tweeted:

“Having Kavanaugh confirmation hearing flashbacks from seeing clips of Rittenhouse’s performance. Do self-victimizing white dues all go to the same acting coach?”

TV writer Bryan Behar, who wrote for Netflix’s Fuller House, accused Rittenhouse of being a murdered and flashing a “white power” sign.” He wrote:

“Kyle Rittenhouse flashing a “White Power” sign is definitely a bad look. So is murdering people.”

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Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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