The Kyle Rittenhouse case dominated a large portion of the major media this week. And why would not it? The issue is not only important (Can civilians also hunt protesters who are considered rioters?), But it is also almost symbolically perfect, representing the political divide in this country. In relation to this matter, the division arose from the protests of the George Floyd assassination, which led to protests over other incidents of racially biased policing and more general protests. Trump has fought the movement with a dripping, tangible, contempt and despair for those who want to be heard, even going so far as to see if he can call out the military.
Given that the case was born of political and cultural prejudices, including racism, it was probably wrong to ever hope that the court could lift itself above the struggle and give both sides (especially the prosecution) a real chance to state their case. .
But the tormenting statements against the prosecution began early in evidentiary cases, especially one about statements Rittenhouse made to friends about the will to shoot looters. Furthermore, the judge will not allow the deceased to be called “victims” because the judge says it implies that they did nothing wrong, it is a too “loaded” word., But the judge allowed the defense to ‘ to introduce a picture in which the The police were friendly towards Rittenhouse after the incident.
The ongoing concern increased dramatically yesterday when the judge sent the jury out of the courtroom to warn the prosecutor that it was getting very close to a forbidden area. (Previous statements about shooting looters). Some even believe that the prosecutor might be trying to make a “mistake” that is so big that the judge has to name a mistral and prosecutors can start all over again … with another judge., and a better organized case – some of these are on them.
Rittenhouse “cried” so loudly that the judge had to interrupt the trial for ten minutes, despite the fact that Rittenhouse was composed at every other point. The left is suspicious that the outburst was anything more than a weak attempt at manipulation without sincerity.
But yesterday there was also a really bizarre development, one that is so strange that no one really knew what to make of it, much less whether to do something about it or what one even could do about it if one believed it really matters.
The judge’s phone rang in the middle of a conversation with the defense during the trial. Judges can throw people out of the courtroom, with humiliating nonsense as a phone rings among those in attendance. Lawyers get a warning and the consequences rise from there. Most judges will not even bring their phones into the courtroom for fear of looking like the world’s greatest hypocrite. Those who do, check their “silent” function several times and usually keep the phone out of sight. But as I said, the judge’s phone rang and the ringtone was Lee Greenwood’s song “Proud to Be an American.”
The lyrics of the song are politically neutral, but every American knows that it has become the national anthem of the Right. One would almost never have played it at a Democratic campaign function, and one could not have avoided it at a Republican MAGA event, especially a Trump rally. So the phone rang, it played a snippet of Trump’s campaign song, and – while it was ringing, the phone happened to be sitting on the judge’s bench, right near his microphone.
It’s all probably a coincidence. But it’s just so weird that it might be irresponsible not to consider the possibility that it was intentional. Most people simply focused on the music itself and the Trump Association, which meant the judge’s fidelity to the trial. Most did not bother to ask if there was any chance that the message was intentional. See below:
The judge in the Rittenhouse trial rang his cellphone during the trial, and the ringtone is a Trump campaign theme song 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/QOHFEdDr1g
– Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) 11 November 2021
We can not know why that phone was sitting on the desk, near the microphone. We also can not know why it was not silent, We do not even know why a judge who became a polarizing song would choose his ringtone .. We just know it happened and it’s another ominous sign for a persecution that was fighting uphill from the beginning..What if it was a message?
Progressives did not start with high expectations. Now, given all the rulings, some made weeks ago, some yesterday, all come from a judge who seems almost contemptuous of the prosecutors, it makes it very difficult to believe that the verdict is fair, no matter what the jury finds. . In a case that is so difficult, a jury can legally find Rittenhouse “Innocent” based on the evidence and burden of proof. But given the direction of the case and almost unmistakable prejudice? An innocent sentence will be impossible to trust.
And that phone… so weird….
Jason Miciak is a political writer, with writer, writer and lawyer. He is originally from Canada, but grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a dual Canadian-American citizen, for which he is becoming increasingly grateful every day. He now enjoys life as a single dad, writing from the shores of the Gulf Coast, getting advice from his beloved daughter and teammate. He is very much the dreamy mystic who can not add and loves dogs more than most people. He also enjoys studying cooking, theoretical physics, cosmology and quantum mechanics. He likes pizza.
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