Kyle Rittenhouse case: Prosecutors can’t call wounded men ‘victims’ but will allow defense to use ‘looters’ during upcoming trial.. One of the more Twitter-engaging decisions from Monday’s hearing in the Kyle Rittenhouse case was the judge’s ruling about how lawyers could refer to the victims in the case.
Per his standard rule, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder prohibits use of the term “victim” until someone is convicted of a crime.
During Rittenhouse’s upcoming trial on homicide charges, prosecutors must refer to the two people he fatally shot — Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber — and one he wounded — Gaige Grosskreutz — as Mr. Rosenbaum, Mr. Huber and Mr. Grosskreutz, or the people who were shot, or as to Rosenbaum and Huber, the decedents.
They may not be referred to as victims.
Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger countered by seeking to bar defense lawyers from calling the men “looters, rioters, arsonists or any other pejorative term.”
While looting, rioting and arson occurred in the two nights before the shooting, Binger argued that unless there’s specific proof Rosenbaum, Huber and Grosskreutz were engaged in any of those actions, and that Rittenhouse had seen it, the labels are even more “loaded” than what judge ascribes to “victim.”
Schroeder was not swayed. “Let the evidence show what it shows,” he said, and declined to prohibit the defense from using the state’s unwanted terms.
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