Rittenhouse judge warns prospective jury of 'deliberately biased' media coverage

Opening statements began Tuesday morning at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, 威斯康星州, in the case involving the 18-year-old, who faces up to life in prison if convicted. Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third when he was 17, during a night of destruction and 抗议 in the Wisconsin city.

JURY SEATED FOR TRIAL OF KYLE RITTENHOUSE, OPENING STATEMENTS SET TO BEGIN TUESDAY MORNING

 凯尔·里滕豪斯 (Kyle Rittenhouse) 聆听法官在 11 月在基诺沙县法院挑选陪审团期间向陪审员提出的问题 01, 2021 (基诺沙), 威斯康星州.

凯尔·里滕豪斯 (Kyle Rittenhouse) 聆听法官在 11 月在基诺沙县法院挑选陪审团期间向陪审员提出的问题 01, 2021 (基诺沙), 威斯康星州. (Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)

The events of Aug. 25, 2020, prompted a media frenzy for weeks and months and bled even into the political campaigns of the 2020 总统选举. Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder repeatedly warned potential jurors that their ultimate decision must not be influenced by politics, nor should they be by swayed by what has been reported by the media about the case so far.

After explaining that the First Amendment protects the right of a free press, 施罗德说: “The price paid for having a free press is a lot of irresponsible and sloppy journalism.

Schroeder noted that these media reporters were written by journalists who were not afforded access to the evidence that the jurors would have. He added that his speech was notan attack on the media.

Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder addresses the jury pool at the start of jury selection on the first day of trial for Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, 威斯。, Circuit Court Monday Nov. 1, 2021.  里顿豪斯被控在基诺沙抗议警察暴行期间杀死两人并打伤三分之一, 去年.   (Sean Krajacic / The Kenosha News via AP, 泳池)

Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder addresses the jury pool at the start of jury selection on the first day of trial for Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, 威斯。, Circuit Court Monday Nov. 1, 2021. 里顿豪斯被控在基诺沙抗议警察暴行期间杀死两人并打伤三分之一, 去年. (Sean Krajacic / The Kenosha News via AP, 泳池) (Sean Krajacic / The Kenosha News via AP, 泳池)

凯尔·里滕豪斯审判: JURY SELECTION BEGINS AS JUDGE TELLS POTENTIAL JURORS, ‘THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL TRIAL

I’ve read things about this case that were perfect, perfect, perfectly stated what had happened in this court. And there were things, I think ‘was I in the courtroom when that happened?’” 他继续. “I’m not bashing anybody, but I am going to talk about what you need to do, what you need to be thinking about if you are picked to hear this case, and how much reliance you can put on things that may be just sloppy, which is a vast amount of it.

The jurist went on: “Some of it that is deliberately biased that’s out there, and sometimes from respectable media outlets.

Kyle Rittenhouse appears at a pretrial hearing in Kenosha Circuit Court, 星期一, 十月. 25, 2021, in advance of his trial which is scheduled to begin Nov. 1, (基诺沙), 威斯. Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two of them, during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha in August 2020. (马克赫茨伯格/泳池照片通过美联社)

Kyle Rittenhouse appears at a pretrial hearing in Kenosha Circuit Court, 星期一, 十月. 25, 2021, in advance of his trial which is scheduled to begin Nov. 1, (基诺沙), 威斯. Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two of them, during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha in August 2020. (马克赫茨伯格/泳池照片通过美联社) (马克赫茨伯格/泳池照片通过美联社)

During the roughly 12-hour jury selection, Schroeder also stressed to the pool that the proceedings werenot a political trial.

Rittenhouse was charged with two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, reckless endangering and illegal possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18. Lawyers have argued repeatedly that he was acting in self-defense.

His trial is expected to last at least two weeks. The panel of jurors is made up of 11 women and nine men.

福克斯新闻’ Paul Best contributed to this report.

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