Judge Bruce Schroeder, presiding over the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial, is trending again for his unusual comment in court. On Wednesday, the judge took time to explain some of his previous judgments and decisions. The judge spoke about some of the verdicts, but a trending topic is how he approached a black juror from a previous case.
Kyle selects final judges
Judge Schroeder said he did not know whether other courts would allow the defendants to choose their jury. But that is exactly what Judge Schroeder did just a day ago. He allowed the 18-year-old to choose the final 12 jurors who will decide his future by removing 6 names from a raffle drum. By Tuesday, 18 jurors had sat through the trial.
Last year, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse traveled across the state lines from Antioch, Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin. His mission was to “defend” corporations amid the protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake. He falsely identified himself as a paramedic. In Kenosha he killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injured Gaige Großkreutz with an AR-15 rifle. Kyle faces first degree willful homicide, attempted homicide, and reckless endangerment.
Judge Schroeder explains the decision
The judge stated that he allowed the defendants to pluck after a case about 20 years or less ago. The defendant was allegedly black, with a jury of 13 people and a black juror. However, while telling his story, the judge made an insulting reference to the jury.
“When the officer pulled the name out of the cup, it was black, the black, the only black,” said the judge. “There was nothing wrong with it, everything was fine, but what they’re talking about optics these days is the name for it, they said it was bad optics, I thought. I think people feel better when they are in control. Since then, I have had an almost universal policy of leaving the choice up to the accused.
According to Judge Schroeder, no one has ever complained about his method. He also said he did not complain about it “here” – although it is unclear whether he is referring to the court or the case.
“But some people seem dissatisfied with it and people who want to undermine the outcome of the process so much,” added the judge.
Judge Schröder declares a ban on “victims”
Prior to making this comment, the judge explained why he should ban the word “victim” in relation to the people killed by Kyle Rittenhouse.
“How would you like to be charged with a crime and the judge will bring the case to the jury, introducing you as the defendant and the person who is accusing you as the victim,” the judge said. “And then you have all the evidence throughout the process that the complaining witness is the victim. Is it so difficult to simply use the term complaining witness instead of judging beforehand what the jury is here to determine whether there is a victim and whether a crime has been committed. “
As previously reported, Judge Schroeder banned the use of the word “victim” in relation to the men Kyle shot. Instead, he suggested using “rioters”, “looters”, “arsonists” or “any other derogatory term”.
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