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LIVE: Kyle Rittenhouse Jury Selection Day 1

LIVE: Kyle Rittenhouse Jury Selection Day 1

150 prospective jurors have been summoned to jury selection, with goal of seating 20; 12 primary jurors and 8 alternates

Welcome back to the launch of our live coverage of the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, beginning today with the start of jury selection. Kyle is charged with a variety of felonies, including first-degree murder, for shooting three men, two fatally, as well as for alleged reckless conduct on the night of August 25, 2020, in riot-torn Kenosha WI. (Click here for a brief overview and analysis of the specific charges, and associated events and statutes.)

Today begins the jury selection, or voir dire process, for this trial. Trial Judge Bruce Schroeder, presiding, has reportedly summoned 150 to the courthouse as prospective jurors, and plans to ultimately seat 20 of them as jurors. Twelve of those 20 will ultimately deliberate to a verdict, and the remaining 8 will serve as stand-by jurors.

Thanks to the kind sponsorship of Legal Insurrection, I will be covering the trial proceedings live from today through a verdict, streaming video of the proceedings and live commenting in real-time in daily LIVE posts like this one each morning.  And the end of each day (and perhaps also mid-day, as time permits) we will also provide a wrap-up post providing plain English legal analysis of the day’s proceedings, including what went well, what went poorly, and the implications moving towards a verdict.

Be sure to join us every day to get an expert and unbiased, propaganda-free understanding of each day’s trial proceedings!



And with that, we’re off to the races.


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If you have an interest in preserving the traditional American right of self-defense without having it “interpreted away” by our present class of bought-and-paid-for tyrants, this is the most important trial of 2021.

There’s still time to support your own interests by supporting this young gentleman at

    Char Char Binks in reply to henrybowman. | November 1, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    The arbery trial is even more important, for various reasons, and there’s no crowdfunding site for the defense, that I know of. Contributing to them is nearly effectively illegal, but I contacted the McMichaels’ lawyer to offer a donation.

      CENTFLAMIKE in reply to Char Char Binks. | November 2, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      I have no idea what you are talking about. The Arbery facts don’t point to self defense at all. The three men in the truck initiated the confrontation. They also could have easily backed down (although I don’t know if Georgia is a Stand-your-ground state.)

      Also, in every instance, Rittenhouse was out-numbered. But the three men were not outnumbered by Arbery.

Andrew, live feed appears active .. they are having comms problems but seem to be started.

This judge is AWESOME. “Let’s go back to the fall of the Roman Empire….” A history lesson or two every American should hear.

Jonathan Cohen | November 1, 2021 at 1:42 pm

The guilty party in this case is the governor and those public officials who stepped aside and allowed chaos and violence to continue for two nights before Rittenhouse ended up in Kenosha with a rifle. If the police or if necessary, the national guard, had done its job, this never would have happened.

What is the public supposed to do when the elected officials simply allow chaos. They let violent criminals out of jail with no bail. They refuse to prosecute crimes committed by rioters. They allow the homeless to command public spaces without enforcing rules against public defecation or injecting drugs. The public officials who live in safe areas have simply allowed the mob to terrorize and destroy and then turn around and prosecute a teenager for clumsily trying to do the job that officials have abdicated their responsibility to perform.

This was a tragedy but those who were really responsible will never be held accountable.

Matthew Carberry | November 1, 2021 at 2:02 pm


What is the likely outcome if a person with formal training in Use of Force law, from yourself or Ayoob or someone, ended up in this jury pool?

They can honestly say “I have formed an opinion but could change it if additional evidence were presented.”

Is that sort of formal training likely to have the prosecution, in this case, use one of their strikes, or would the judge do it preemptively for some reason?

Hi Andrew, I really appreciated your reporting on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial. Any comment on the apparent dissension among KR’s defense counselors?

“Chirafisi: You will be asked to view that self-defense from the shoes of Rittenhouse, not from all of us comfortable here today? Anyone think that is unfair? ”
Is that true? Isn’t the second component of “Reasonableness” the opinion of
“from all of us comfortable here today’?

    f2000 in reply to SHV. | November 1, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Not a lawyer, but I’m pretty sure the standard is how a reasonable person would have viewed their situation at that time.

This is an interesting article – hard to know what to make of it as the facts are simple (part of defense team dumped) – versus the inflammatory implications (accurate or sour grapes)

Hope it doesn’t indicate issues for the defense