'He did it for votes': Rittenhouse's mom says Biden defamed son by calling him ...

'He did it for votes': Rittenhouse's mom says Biden defamed son by calling him ...
'He did it for votes': Rittenhouse's mom says Biden defamed son by calling him ...

Kyle Rittenhouse's mother on Thursday night accused Joe Biden of painting her son as a white supremacist a year ago in a cynical bid to win the presidential election, but said she was confident that the judge in the case had ensured a fair trial.

Wendy Rittenhouse spoke hours after the defense rested its case in the high-profile trial.

Her 18-year-old son is charged with murdering two people and wounding a third during the rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police. 

His lawyers insist Rittenhouse was acting in self defense, and on Monday both sides will sum up their arguments before the jury retires for deliberations.

Wendy, a mother of three, told Fox News' Sean Hannity that she was still angry with Biden for his labeling her son a white supremacist last year.

Wendy Rittenhouse on Thursday night was asked about Joe Biden's 2020 tweet labelling her son a white supremacist

Wendy Rittenhouse on Thursday night was asked about Joe Biden's 2020 tweet labelling her son a white supremacist

Biden shared a video clip on Twitter denouncing white supremacists that including a photo of Rittenhouse wielding a gun

Biden shared a video clip on Twitter denouncing white supremacists that including a photo of Rittenhouse wielding a gun 

Biden's campaign team included footage of Rittenhouse alongside neo-Nazis parading the streets, in a bid to undermine support for his rival, Donald Trump. 

During a presidential debate, Trump refused to condemn the Proud Boys, and in response Biden tweeted a still of the campaign video - showing Rittenhouse - with the caption: 'There's no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.'

Wendy told Hannity: 'When I saw that, I wasn't shocked. I was angry.

'President Biden don't know my son whatsoever.

'He's not a white supremacist, he's not a racist.

'He did that for the votes and for a while I was so angry at him.

'And what he did for my son - he defamed him.'

But she said she was optimistic the jury would come to the right decision. 

'The judge is very fair,' she said.

'People that I talk to who lived in Kenosha all their lives say Judge Schroeder is a very fair judge, and he does not allow no nonsense in his courtroom.'

Rittenhouse, 18, is seen on Thursday morning before the case began for the day

Rittenhouse, 18, is seen on Thursday morning before the case began for the day

Rittenhouse was 17 when he took to the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020 - too young to legally carry a rifle

Rittenhouse was 17 when he took to the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020 - too young to legally carry a rifle

Judge Bruce Schroeder (pictured) is known for his stern demeanor and tough sentences

Judge Bruce Schroeder (pictured) is known for his stern demeanor and tough sentences

Wendy Rittenhouse told Hannity of her horror at seeing the scenes in Kenosha on August 25, 2020, saying she feared for her son's life

Wendy Rittenhouse told Hannity of her horror at seeing the scenes in Kenosha on August 25, 2020, saying she feared for her son's life

The case, which began on November 2, has been noted for clashes between Judge Bruce Schroeder - at 75, the longest-serving circuit court judge in the state - and Thomas Binger, prosecuting.

In pre-trial hearings Schroeder disappointed Binger by preventing him from introducing information to the court, such as Rittenhouse's prior remarks about wanting to shoot someone with his AR-15, and refused to allow Binger to refer to the people Rittenhouse shot as victims.

Kyle Rittenhouse, at 17, was not legally allowed to carry a gun in Wisconsin

Kyle Rittenhouse, at 17, was not legally allowed to carry a gun in Wisconsin

Wendy said she felt the jury was taking it seriously. 

'They do,' she told Hannity.

'With a jury, they have been keeping a close eye on every evidence, every testimony, and they are paying good attention to what was said. That's the truth.'

She admitted that sitting in the courtroom every day has been harrowing, and broke down in tears when she described watching the video of the violent unrest in Kenosha. 

'I was scared, I was frightened,' she said.

'I thought my son was going to die that night.

'When I look at the video with that guy pointing a gun to my son's head I thought he was going to die. This guy just pointed a gun at his head.

'And it took a long time to... just to grasp that he was alive.

'And knowing that he is with me, I'm grateful and I'm relieved that he's OK.

'But he has a lot of healing to do.

'He does have nightmares from this.'

Rittenhouse himself sobbed on the stand on Wednesday. 

'I just broke down with Kyle crying like that,' she said.

'It made me feel heartbroken, sad, and I wanted to just go up there and hug him and tell him it would be OK.'

Defense rests in Kyle Rittenhouse trial after days of dramatic meltdowns, explosive testimony and courtroom clashes that could still see the case tossed with a mistrial 

The defense in the Kyle Rittenhouse's trial has rested its case after two and a half days of explosive testimony and high courtroom drama that may yet see the case tossed with a mistrial.

Judge Schroeder dismissed the jury for the day Thursday afternoon with the words, 'We're in the final stretch.'

The attorneys will be back in court Friday to finalize charges and agree on jury instructions but the jurors will not be back until Monday when closing arguments and jury instructions will take place. Names will be drawn to pick the 12 jurors who will deliberate. 

Judge Schroeder has informed both the defense and the prosecution that they must limit their closing arguments and rebuttal statements to no more than two and a half hours.

He had originally put a cap of one and a half hours on arguments but relented on Binger's request with the warning, 'I will be tough. I may tell you to sit down mid-sentence if you keep going and I did it to one of the DAs [recently].'

Earlier he had quoted a former US District Judge who said, 'The brain cannot absorb what the seat cannot endure.'

He added, 'And if you don't like that advice President Roosevelt one of the renowned speakers of the 30s and 40s when asked by his son for some advice on speaking said, 'Be sincere. Be brief. And be seated.'

The defense in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial rested its case it its eighth day Thursday

The defense in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial rested its case it its eighth day Thursday

Kyle Rittenhouse and defense attorneys Natalie Wisco and Corey Chirafisi, talk during Rittenhouse's trial

Kyle Rittenhouse and defense attorneys Natalie Wisco and Corey Chirafisi, talk during Rittenhouse's trial

Early this morning Judge Bruce Schroeder revealed that the court has been inundated with communications from members of the public during the trial – many in the form of offensive emails, some calling the judge a racist

Early this morning Judge Bruce Schroeder revealed that the court has been inundated with communications from members of the public during the trial – many in the form of offensive emails, some calling the judge a racist

Early this morning Judge Bruce Schroeder revealed that the court has been inundated with communications from members of the public during the trial – many in the form of offensive emails, some calling the judge a racist. The attorneys have also been recipients of hateful messages.

Speaking ahead of the start of testimony, Judge Schroeder said he would deal with all such things adding, 'I wouldn't want to be those people.'

What's next in the Kenosha shooter trial?  

Closing arguments in the Kenosha Shooter case will begin Monday when Judge Bruce Schroeder will instruct the jury on the law and how they are to apply it on each charge.

The details of those charges will be finalized between the judge and attorneys Friday.

The jury will not be present during these proceedings when the state is expected to inform the judge if they intend to ask for lesser charges to be considered on any counts.

As it stands Rittenhouse is charged on six counts: First Degree Reckless Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon in the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, First Degree Intentional Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon in the shootings of both Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz, two counts of First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety in the case of Richie McGinniss who was all but in the line of fire when Rosenbaum was shot and ‘jump-kick man’ – the unidentified male at whom Rittenhouse shot twice – and one count of Possession of a Dangerous Weapon by a Person Under 18.

A seventh curfew violation was dismissed earlier in the week.

The most serious charges, first-degree intentional homicide, carries a mandatory life sentence, while attempted first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide, are both punishable by up to 60 years in prison.

First-degree reckless endangerment carries a maximum prison term of 12 years and requires prosecutors to show that Rittenhouse put someone in harm's way by showing an utter disregard for life.

Many doubt that the prosecutors have been successful in shouldering this burden of proof.

Speaking Thursday afternoon Assistant District Attorney James Kraus revealed that the state may seek possible findings of lesser charges on the homicide of Anthony Huber and attempted homicide of Gaige Grosskreutz.

But he said they were not inclined to accept a lesser finding in the case of Joseph Rosenbaum, or on the reckless endangerment charge that Rittenhouse faces with respect to Richie McGinniss.

Judge Schroeder has placed a cap of two and a half hours on closing arguments for both sides, time which is to include any rebuttal they should wish to make.

The judge had originally put a cap of one and a half hours on arguments but relented on Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger’s request for more time due to the state’s intention to replay as much as 30 minutes of video footage.

But he warned, ‘I will be tough. I may tell you to sit down mid-sentence if you keep going. I did it to one of the DAs recently.’

The jury will not now return to the courthouse until Monday when names will be drawn to determine the 12 who will deliberate.

Eighteen of the original 20 jurors remain after one was excused on medical grounds and another was removed having made a racial ‘joke’ to a court deputy.

Judge Schroeder dismissed them for the long weekend with the words, ‘We’re in the final stretch now.’

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The defense started the day by bringing use of force expert witness, John Black to the stand.  Black, a veteran and former police officer is also a specialist in intelligence and video analysis and through his testimony the defense hopes to show the jury just how quickly events that the prosecution has 'stretched out' happened on the night of August 25, 2020.

The time between Rittenhouse shouting 'Friendly! Friendly! Friendly!' as he was walked through crowds pelting police vehicles with rocks to the moment he surrendered himself to police was just two minutes 55 seconds. 

The furious pace at which the entire episode unfolded, from the first shot to Rittenhouse trying to surrender, was further underlined as the jury heard that the time that elapsed between the first and final shot fired by Rittenhouse at Rosenbaum was just three-quarters of a second.

During their case, the state presented the fact that Rittenhouse shot four times as tantamount to him having made four conscious decisions to keep shooting even after, they contend, any perception of threat must have been gone.

But today the court heard how the shots were fired all but instantaneously.

Taking the first shot as time zero, Black told the court, 'The time between the second shot and shot one was 0.263 seconds. Between the second and third shot, 0.247seconds, between the third and fourth shots 0.229 seconds. The total of those shots fired occurred in approximately 0.739 seconds.'

The court then watched footage of the night unfold as Rittenhouse fled and an  unknown person ran at him and knocked his hat from his head. This, Black testified, was just 28 seconds after he had fired his last shot at Rosenbaum.

Dismantling the notion forwarded by the state that Rittenhouse had shot in a calculated fashion, Richards took his witness methodically through footage of Rittenhouse being attacked first by 'jump kick man' at whom he fired twice, then Antony Huber at whom he fired once and Gaige Grosskreutz at whom he fired once.

The state had shown these events as stills, broken down and studied in painstaking detail.

Today Black told the court that the images shown would have taken place as action that lasted less than half a second.

Indeed, the entire interaction from jump-kick man to Grosskreutz happened across just 5.468 seconds: 0.602 seconds elapsed between the two shots fired at 'jump-kick man.' 

Rittenhouse fired on Huber just 1.933 seconds later and then at Grosskreutz as he came at him 2.933 seconds after that. 

Addressing the jury, he explained that video 'absolutely had the benefit of helping us objectively understand what happened.'

The defense's aim was to put Rittenhouse's actions in context, bolstering their claim of self-defense by highlighting the speed under which his decisions were made.

Binger rose to object as Richards methodically questioned Black about his methods before getting into the meat of the video sequences and the events of the night. He began with the moment Rittenhouse shouted 'Friendly! Friendly! Friendly!'

Black had been allowed to testify only on condition that his testimony was limited to timing of events that, Binger argued this meant only the timing of the shots.  

The defense has arguably already played their biggest card putting Kyle Rittenhouse on the stand yesterday to give his own powerful account of the night he shot two men dead and wounded another.  

Black had been ready to testify Wednesday. Instead the wheels very nearly came off the trial entirely with the defense moving for a mistrial with prejudice and accusing Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger of 'prosecutorial misconduct' and 'over-reach.' 

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum (pictured), 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse across a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him shortly before midnight on August 25, 2020

Moments later, as Rittenhouse was running down a street, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (pictured), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum (left), 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse across a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him shortly before midnight on August 25, 2020. Moments later, as Rittenhouse was running down a street, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (right), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin

Today the defense started the day by bringing use of force expert witness, John Black to the stand

Today the defense started the day by bringing use of force expert witness, John Black to the stand

With the jury out of the room, Assistant District Attorney James Kraus, Judge Schroeder, and defense attorney Corey Chirafisi look over a video monitor to examine photographic evidence during a dispute over the reliability of enlarged digital images during Kyle Rittenhouse's tria

With the jury out of the room, Assistant District Attorney James Kraus, Judge Schroeder, and defense attorney Corey Chirafisi look over a video monitor to examine photographic evidence during a dispute

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