NEW POST – see here for updated verdict information as of Wednesday —
Welcome to our ongoing coverage of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial! This is our VERDICT WATCH post, where we will share any fast-breaking news on verdicts and other events around the jury deliberations which begin today.
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For those who missed the closing arguments, here is the coverage:
- Rittenhouse Trial: Big Wins for Defense on Jury Instructions, State Leads with Provocation
- LIVE: Rittenhouse Trial Day 10: Closing Arguments
- Rittenhouse Trial: Defense Delivers Disappointingly Weak Closing Argument
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5:50 p.m.: Jury going home for the night, no verdict yet.
5:08 p.m.: Interesting:
4:54 p.m.: Interesting:
4:32 p.m.: Interesting:
3:55 p.m.: Reports jurors asking for more copies of more instructions, but no verdict yet.
1:13 p.m.: Relevant history from the LA riots:
12:24 p.m.: Interesting.
10:28 a.m.: Looks like I’ll be doing a guest appearance on Megyn Kelly’s show today at 12:15 p.m. (central time)
9:30 a.m.: This happened about 30 minutes ago, doing a little bit of catch-up. Six of the jurors have been randomly coosen to be alternates. These are jurors numbered 9, 11, 14, 45, 52, 58. These six alternates will remain at the courthouse until needed. That leaves 12 jurors to engage in deliberations. And with that, jury retires to consider their verdicts.
The judge also asked the lawyers to stay within 10 minutes of the courthouse, in case the jurors send out questions–those would be discussed in court with the judge and the parties present.
Here’s the selection of the alternates:
Here are Judge Schroeder’s final comments to the 12 jurors before sending them into deliberations:
9:10 a.m.: Here’s the entirety of the State rebuttal, delivered by ADA Kraus:
9:08 a.m.: Here’s a highlight from the State rebuttal by ADA Kraus, wrongly suggesting that a defender is required to suffer actual injury before being privileged to act in self-defense, and that, hey, everyone needs to take a beat-down once in a while.
8:58 a.m.: Here’s the defense closing argument by Attorney Mark Richards:
8:54 a.m.: Here’s the entirety of ADA Binger’s closing argument, both before and after lunch yesterday:
8:36 a.m.: Highlight from yesterday’s closing argument by ADA Binger, making outright false statements of law–that it’s flatly unlawful to shoot an unarmed man, and that you lose self-defense if you’re the one who brought the gun.
7:47 a.m.: The jury, still consisting of 18 people, is scheduled to arrive at the courthouse to begin deliberations at 9:00 a.m. CT. The first thing to be done will be the random selection of 6 of those 18 to be identified as alternate jurors, leaving a core group of 12 primary jurors. The alternate jurors will not participate in deliberations, but neither will they be sent home. Instead, they will be kept at the courthouse in case a replacement is needed for anyone among the deliberating jurors.
Until next time:
You carry a gun so you’re hard to kill.
Know the law so you’re hard to convict.
Attorney Andrew F. Branca
Law of Self Defense LLC
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