Giving Kyle Rittenhouse Basic Due Process Is Not a Scandal
On Tuesday, Judge Bruce Schroeder of the Kenosha County Circuit Court garnered national media attention when he ruled on how prosecutors and defense attorneys may refer to the men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse. Schroeder, who will oversee Rittenhouse’s trial, ruled that prosecutors will not be able to refer to the people shot by Rittenhouse as “victims,” though the defense may refer to them as “rioters” and “looters” if they can provide supporting evidence.
Rittenhouse is standing trial for shooting three people and killing two of them last summer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Citing a significant amount of civil unrest following Blake’s shooting, Rittenhouse plans to plead self-defense.
CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig called Schroeder’s decision “crazy and wrong.” Al Jazeera‘s online platform AJ tweeted the news and contrasted it with how “unarmed Black victims have been blamed for appearing suspicious before they were fatally shot.” USA Today Deputy Opinion Editor Suzette Hackney asked, “Is fairness and justice supposed to be one-sided?”
But is Schroeder’s decision really a sign of favoritism?
Andrew Fleischman, an Atlanta attorney at Ross & Pines LLC who specializes in appeals, tells Reason the request is fairly “boilerplate,” and the decision to grant it is “not necessarily a sign of favor.” The Kenosha News reported earlier this month that disallowing the term “victim” is Schroeder’s “sta
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