today, on the fourth day of deliberations for a high profile trial, a verdict was finally submitted for kyle rittenhouse :not guilty. rittenhouse sobbed as he listened to the jury verdicts all five counts and he appeared to close to collapsing as he attempted to sit down. social media and legal news outlets have been exploding with opinions on both sides as the most closely watched trial since derek chauvin finally came to a close.
the verdict, which cannot be appealed, was delivered by a jury of five men and seven women who spent more than 25 hours reviewing videos, photos, testimonies and other discovery submissions. a family spokesperson for the rittenhouse family stated that rittenhouse intends to go to college to study nursing. the families of the two men who were fatally shot by rittenhouse are free to engage in civil litigation via wrongful death suits.
according to cnn, following the acquittal, kenosha county assistant district attorney thomas binger, the lead prosecutor in this case, said in a statement that “while we are disappointed with the verdict, it must be respected.”
“judge schroeder gives you a fair trial as a defendant. you don’t want him to sentence your client. but in this case, we were looking for a fair trial and if we lost we knew what was going to happen… so i would rather have a fair trial.” defense attorney mark richards
rittenhouse was charged with first degree intentional homicide, first degree reckless homicide, and first degree recklessly endangering safety – a total of five counts in all. for those wondering why rittenhouse wasn’t charged with a lesser crime, such as manslaughter, it is important to note that wisconsin state law is distinct from many other states in that it only offers a similar charge: second degree intentional murder. this particular lesser charge involves self-defense; on social media, some have concluded this charge was not appealing to the prosecution as their stance was that this was not a self-defense case.