The right to defend oneself against a violent mob was to go on trial on Nov. 2, with teen Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial starting and expected to last two weeks. Jury selection was finalized on Nov. 1.
Rittenhouse, 18, is being tried for fatally shooting two people after they got him on the ground during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wis., in August 2020. Rittenhouse was 17 at the time. At issue is whether he fired in self-defense, as his lawyers maintain, or was engaged in vigilantism when he fired his AR-15-style rifle at his antagonists, killing two and wounding a third.
DailyMail.com reports that on Nov. 1 at the Kenosha County Courthouse, 12 jurors and eight alternates were selected. The entire pool consists of 11 women and nine men. Jurors were not asked to identify their race during the selection process, and the court did not immediately provide a racial breakdown of the group.
Leftist media outlets trying to inflame racial strife are treating the shooting as a referendum on race and Black Lives Matter, even though the shooter and all the victims are white.
Rittenhouse went to Kenosha from his home in Illinois when rioting broke out in the wake of a shooting by a white Kenosha police officer. The victim was Jacob Blake, a Black man. Rittenhouse has said he went to Kenosha to help protect business owners and their property after two nights of arson, gunfire and looting by “anti-racist” mobs.
The most serious charge Rittenhouse faces is first-degree homicide, which could send him to prison for life.
The judge in the case, Bruce Schroeder, told potential jurors that there has been inaccurate information written by people who “don’t know what you’re going to know. Those of you who are selected for this jury, who are going to hear for yourselves the real evidence in this case.”
He also said Rittenhouse’s constitutional right to a fair trial, not the Second Amendment right to bear arms, will be at issue, and “I don’t want it to get sidetracked into other issues.”