9 highlights from Kyle Rittenhouse trial closings | WUWM 89.7 FM

Attorneys in Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial sparred for the final time Monday throughout closing arguments, with prosecutors portray Rittenhouse as an inexperienced instigator and protection legal professionals insisting the Illinois man fired in self-defense.

Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz throughout road unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. He has claimed self-defense, whereas prosecutors have argued he was an inexperienced and overmatched teen who provoked violence by exhibiting up with a rifle.

Listed below are some takeaways from Assistant District Lawyer Thomas Binger and protection lawyer Mark Richards’ closings:


Binger painted Rittenhouse as a fraud. He mentioned Rittenhouse advised folks on the protest that he was an emergency medical technician when he was actually only a lifeguard.

“That is an emergency scenario,” Binger mentioned. “All people’s anticipating violence. All people’s ready for folks to be harm, harmed, injured. And but the defendant’s going to go there and stroll round claiming to be a medic. He is like a quack physician working towards with out a license that places lives in danger . . . He wrapped up an ankle and I feel perhaps helped any individual who obtained a reduce on their hand. Yeah. Then again, he killed two folks, blew off Gaige Grosskreutz’s arm.”


Binger additionally portrayed Rittenhouse as an lively shooter and mentioned folks within the crowd had a proper to cease him. He mentioned Rittenhouse denied capturing Rosenbaum when Grosskreutz and one other man, Jason Lackowski, requested him what occurred instantly after the photographs had been fired.

“The gang sees the defendant operating with a gun. He is mendacity to them. He nonetheless has the gun,” Binger mentioned. “It’s fully affordable for that crowd to imagine at that second that he’s a risk to kill once more. I undergo you, women and gents, that on this scenario, the group has the precise to try to cease an lively shooter. They’ve a proper to guard themselves. The defendant will not be the one one on the earth who has the precise to self-defense.”

Richards mentioned calling Rittenhouse an lively shooter is “BS” and if he did not know higher he would assume Binger was a “whiny protection lawyer.”

“Each one that was shot was attacking Kyle: One with a skateboard, one together with his arms, one together with his toes, one with a gun,” Richards mentioned. “My shopper doesn’t need to take a beating from the arms of this mob, or from the arms of Mr. Rosenbaum.”


Binger tried to get jurors to see Rittenhouse, who lived in close by Antioch, Illinois, as one in every of a horde of outsiders who got here to Kenosha to play soldier throughout the protest, ignoring roadblocks, curfew orders and closed interstate exits.

“These guys with the AR-15s are simply wannabe troopers appearing powerful, attempting to fabricate some private connection to this occasion, furthering their very own private agenda, only a small a part of the deluge of chaos vacationers we noticed right here in Kenosha attempting to feed off of what we had been going via, regardless of every little thing we did to try to inform them, go away, keep out.”

Richards countered that Rittenhouse got here to town to assist, noting that he helped clear graffiti off a highschool earlier than the shootings.

“Kyle feels for this neighborhood,” he mentioned.


Binger centered largely on Rosenbaum’s actions, attempting to counter Rittenhouse’s assertions that Rosenbaum was inflicting bother all evening, swinging a series, demanding folks shoot him, spewing racial slurs and setting fires. Binger described Rosenbaum as a small man — he stood at 5 toes 4 — with a “Napoleon complicated” however he was innocent.

“Oh, let me let you know all of the terrible issues Joseph Rosenbaum did,” the prosecutor mentioned. “He tipped over a Port-a-Potty that had nobody in it. He swung a series. He lit a . . . Dumpster on hearth . . . Oh, and he mentioned some dangerous phrases. He mentioned the N-word. If he had been alive immediately . . . I might in all probability try to prosecute him for arson. However I can not as a result of the defendant killed him. However that is the way in which we cope with people who do these items. If you commit arson, we prosecute you. We do not execute you on the street.”

Richards referred to as Rosenbaum “irrational and loopy” and mentioned he chased Rittenhouse down till he had him cornered. If Rosenbaum had taken Rittenhouse’s gun from him he would have shot others, Richards mentioned.

“Mr. Rosenbaum made a deadly mistake that day, chasing Kyle Rittenhouse into the nook,” Richards mentioned. “He ran so far as he might, and he shot, 4 occasions in three-quarters of a second . . I am glad (Rittenhouse) shot him as a result of if Joseph Rosenbaum obtained that gun I do not for a minute imagine he would not have used it towards any individual else . . . Mr. Rosenbaum was hell-bent on inflicting bother that evening.”


Binger wrapped up his arguments by asking jurors to ask themselves if they might have reacted like Rittenhouse in the identical scenario.

“Would an inexpensive particular person have executed the identical factor?” Binger mentioned. “Would you have got engaged within the reckless conduct that led to this course of occasions? Would you have got gone out after curfew with an AR-15 on the lookout for bother? Would you have got aimed toward different folks? Would you have got tried to make use of the gun to guard an empty automobile lot? No affordable particular person would have executed these items. ”


Richards centered on Grosskreutz’s testimony that he did not know his personal pistol had a spherical within the chamber when he ran as much as Rittenhouse. Grosskreutz has filed a lawsuit towards town of Kenosha alleging police conspired with armed militia the evening he was shot; he is in search of $10 million.

“Grosskreutz received’t say something that places him in a foul gentle,” Richards mentioned. “Grosskreutz’s the one that has 10 million causes to lie.”


Richards argued that the state’s witnesses really helped Rittenhouse’s case, mentioning {that a} police detective appeared to agree that Rosenbaum got here out of hiding to chase Rittenhouse; a forensic pathologist testified that Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum at shut vary, inside 4 toes, bolstering the protection argument that Rosenbaum reached for Rittenhouse’s rifle; and others in Rittenhouse’s group testified that they had permission to protect the automobile dealership.

One member of Rittenhouse’s group, JoAnn Fiedler, testified that she by no means noticed Rittenhouse act inappropriately towards anyone, Richards recounted for jurors.


Richards lambasted the prosecution’s use of an enlarged picture taken from drone video {that a} state crime lab analyst testified he took 20 hours to supply. Prosecutors mentioned the enlarged picture reveals Rittenhouse pointing his gun at protesters, an act they are saying provoked the sequence of occasions that resulted in Rittenhouse killing two folks and wounding a 3rd.

“What he did for these 20 hours is hocus pocus,” Richards mentioned in urging jurors to reject consideration of the picture. “And he makes an exhibit that’s out of focus.”

Prosecutors mentioned it took the analyst 20 hours to work on all the video, not simply the picture that was enlarged.


Richards mentioned Binger’s workplace by no means reassessed their case after video proof confirmed Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. He mentioned prosecutors need to maintain somebody chargeable for bringing “terror” to Kenosha’s streets.

“Girls and gents, this can be a political case . . . however the district lawyer’s workplace is marching ahead with this case as a result of they want any individual to be accountable. They want any individual to . . . say, he did it, he is the one that introduced terror to Kenosha. Kyle Rittenhouse will not be that particular person.”

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