The Judge leading the Kyle Rittenhouse case has been the centre of attention for the past couple of days for multiple reasons.
Judge Bruce Schroeder criticized prosecutor Thomas Binger for his conduct, and it has led to calls for Schroeder to be removed from the case.
Mr Schroeder shouted:
“Why would you think that that made it okay for you without any advance notice to bring this matter before the jury?”
“I was astonished when you began your examination by commenting on the defendant’s post-arrest silence. That’s basic law. It’s been basic law in this country for 40 years, 50 years. I have no idea why you would do something like that.”
Here’s the video:
WATCH: Judge in Rittenhouse case berates prosecutor over line of questioning.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 10, 2021
Tiffany Cross, the host of The Cross Connection on MSNBC, was one of many people to accuse the judge of bias.
The judge is CLEARLY BIASED!!!!!!
— @tiffanydcross (@TiffanyDCross) November 10, 2021
Realistically, he can't be. He's elected. Even if he's disciplined later by the state (which he won't be) there's nothing for it for *this* trial.
And if he gets off, he can't be re-tried because of Double Jeopardy.
So, like I said two weeks ago, Rittenhouse is gonna walk.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) November 10, 2021
Not only that, but Schroeder also made a joke about Asian food that has not gone down well at all.
“I hope the Asian food isn’t coming – it’s not, isn’t one of those boats in Long Beach harbor,”
The joke references “Asian food” coming from boats in congested southern California ports, and numerous people have perceived it as anti-Asian.
#RittenhouseTrial Judge Bruce Schroeder breaks for lunch referencing the food that was ordered saying, “I hope the Asian food isn’t coming.. isn’t on one of those boats from Long Beach Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/UakvcxbSO1
— Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) November 11, 2021
John Yang, of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, told CNN:
“It harms our community and puts us in the crosshairs of microaggressions as well as actual physical violence”.
Meanwhile, a man who was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse has responded to his teary testimony in court.
Gaige Grosskreutz was shot in the arm by Rittenhouse last August, while Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, tragically both died from their gunshot wounds.
Grosskreutz told the Jury that he thought Rittenhouse was ‘an active shooter’ and that he only drew a pistol after Rittenhouse had already begun firing.
Rittenhouse has always claimed he acted in self defense that night.
The 27-year-old victim has now spoken to Good Morning America in his first interview since appearing in court.
Responding to Rittenhouse’s teary testimonial, Grosskreutz said:
“To me, it seemed like a child who just gotten caught doing something that he wasn’t supposed to – more upset that he was caught and less upset about what he had done and what he had taken and the numerous lives that he affected through his actions that night.”
Recalling the night, Grosskreutz said:
“There are a million things that run through your mind when somebody’s pointing a rifle at you after just having murdered somebody.
“First and foremost I was concerned for my safety. I never lost sight of who I am, I’m not somebody who takes life, I’ve made a life out of protecting and preserving life, not taking it.”
“It’s completely inconsistent with the physiology of my wound that he wound have shot me while my weapon was pointed at his head,
EXCLUSIVE: “To me, he seemed like a child … more upset that he was caught and less upset about what he had done … and the numerous lives that he affected.” — Gage Grosskreutz, the sole survivor shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, reacts to his testimony. https://t.co/DRURCHHX5R pic.twitter.com/wIKHjbVyH1
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 11, 2021
The judge had to pause court proceedings when Kyle Rittenhouse sobbed uncontrollably discussing the night he fatally shot two men.
The 18-year-old testified that before the shooting, one of the men he shot dead, Rosenbaum, had a “steel chain and a blue mask around his face” and threatened to kill him.
Rittenhouse told the court:
“He screamed ‘if I catch any of you f*ckers alone, I’m going to f*cking kill you. “The second time he said ‘I’m going to cut your f*cking hearts out and kill you N-words.'”
Later, he alleged that Rosenbaum “came out from behind the car and ambushed me”.
Rittenhouse then began sobbing as he told how Rosenbaum and another man, Joshua Ziminski, allegedly cornered him.
The judge then paused the testimony as Rittenhouse and his mother cried uncontrollably.
When the court resumed, attorney Mark Richards asked about the alleged ambush, and Rittenhouse told the attorney he thought he was being attacked.
“As you see him lunging at you, what did you do?”
“I shot him,” Mr Rittenhouse said.
The trial continues.