Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder ruled against the prosecution during a pretrial hearing in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, saying the state on the issue of affiliation with far-right groups, according to The Daily Caller.
Schroeder ruled Friday that Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger would not be allowed to argue that Rittenhouse was affiliated with the Proud Boys.
The judge presiding Rittenhouse’s case also ruled that the prosecution wouldn’t be allowed to introduce evidence that Rittenhouse had attacked a woman months before the shooting
Rittenhouse is on trial for a shooting incident that killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during the riot over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
The defendant has maintained that the shooting was an act of self-defense as he was allegedly being attacked from multiple sides when the shooting took place.
Rittenhouse is facing a trial on Nov. 1 where he will fend off multiple counts, including homicide for the shooting of three people.
Binger attempted to show that Rittenhouse was connected to The Proud Boys due to him having been seen at a bar with members of the group’s Wisconsin chapter, and evidence that he traveled to Miami to meet the national president days later.
As for the alleged attack, Binger apparently hoped to demonstrate a pattern of aggression by introducing evidence that Rittenhouse, who was at the time 17-years-old, got into a physical altercation with a female in June of 2020. It was discovered that the woman he is accused of assaulting was fighting with his sister.
The judge also denied defense’s request to dismiss a charge that Rittenhouse was in possession of the firearm illegally, due to his age, and the next hearing in the case is set for Oct. 5.