The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, which has gained international attention, will conclude this week. Though many court observers believe Rittenhouse likely has a self-defense case strong enough to withstand a guilty plea for the most serious charges he faces, the weekend brought yet another twist to the situation.
According to the New York Post, Judge Bruce Schroeder, who has excoriated the prosecutors in the case on several occasions, handed them a significant victory over the weekend by ruling that the jury can, in fact, consider a number of lesser charges against Rittenhouse.
That decision came after prosecutors, who admitted that Rittenhouse’s chance of acquittal on the most serious charges of murder is high, asked the judge to allow the jury to consider lesser charges.
Some of the lesser charges, which still carry stiff consequences if he’s found guilty, include second-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide.
The 18-year-old defendant also faces one count of first-degree reckless homicide in relation to Joseph Rosenbaum, the man he first shot, and the only survivor of the multiple shots fired by Rittenhouse during the riots that occurred in the wake of the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.
Judge Schroeder explained directly to Rittenhouse what it means for him moving forward to allow the jury to consider the lesser charges.
“You’re raising the risk of conviction, although you’re avoiding the possibility that the jury will end up compromising on the more serious crime. And you’re also decreasing the risk that you’ll end up with a second trial because the jury is unable to agree,” the judge explained.
According to NBC Chicago, closing arguments in the Rittenhouse trial will begin on Monday, with legal analysts expecting arguments from both sides will take roughly four to five hours, at which point numbers will be drawn to decide which jury members are included in the deliberations.
Only time will tell what the jury ultimately decides, but if Rittenhouse is acquitted of the most serious felony charges he faces, America should brace for an outburst from the left.