I have been following the Rittenhouse case now playing out in Kenosha, WI, as time allows.
The case centers around the riots that occurred last year at the height of the BLM protests. This case has become a cause celebre for differing viewpoints, but it seems to especially be a defining moment for the Second Amendment, and the absolute right to self-defense.
I'm no attorney, but during my career I've been involved in hundreds of court cases, and I cannot believe that this set of circumstances ever came to trial. Every witness the prosecutors called have supported the defendant's claim of self defense. The prosecution has crumbled into disarray. There is no case here, yet they struggle to retain their dignity. This case should never have come to trail, but the left-wing outrage of a person actually exercising the Second Amendment has then in a froth.
Yesterday, prosecutors attacked the Fifth Amendment rights of Rittenhouse and were severely admonished by the Judge. The defendant's right to remain silent is a bulwark of our criminal justice system, and has been since 1966. It is taught in every law enforcement academy and (I presume) every law school since then. Tons of jurisprudence support this right, and yet the prosecutors attacked it. The judge, rightfully, blew his stack.
All that I can figure is that the prosecution is looking for a mistrial as their only way out. My reasoning follows. 1) If they drop the case, the left erupts. 2) If the case goes to the jury and results in acquittal, the left erupts. 3) With the evidence at hand, this case will not result in a guilty verdict. The best they can hope for is a hung jury. In that case, the left erupts.
The prosecution is in a bind. Their case is in taters, with no prayer of conviction. The best they can hope for is a mistrial. But, a mistrial is not in their hands, it must be ordered by the judge, so they have to behave so egregiously bad that the judge has no choice. It is a horrible choice, but it may be the only ay that they can keep BLM, Antifa and the radical left from burning Kenosha. Again.
It's an interesting case, from a variety of viewpoints.