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Kyle Rittenhouse Breaks Down in Tears on Witness Stand, Claims Self-Defense 

HeadlineNov 11, 2021

In Kenosha, Wisconsin, defense lawyers called Kyle Rittenhouse to the witness stand Wednesday, as the teenage gunman faces homicide and weapons charges for fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in 2020. Rittenhouse broke down in tears while on the stand. He admitted to using deadly force, but claimed self-defense and denied intending to kill his victims during cross-examination.

Meanwhile, the trial judge, Bruce Schroeder, continued to make headlines after he repeatedly sided with the defense, while excoriating prosecutors for asking questions he said were out of bounds. At another point the trial was interrupted when Judge Schroeder’s cellphone began ringing.

Corey Chirafisi: “The actions that I had talked about — [phone ringing] — were done in bad faith.”

The judge’s ringtone was the song “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood, which is the opening song played at Donald Trump’s rallies. Rittenhouse has attended at least one Trump rally, and Trump has publicly defended Rittenhouse. We’ll have much more on the trial after headlines.

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