Judge, prosecutor clash during Kyle Rittenhouse trial; defense rests

The judge and lead prosecutor in the Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial clashed Thursday after an assistant district attorney questioned whether the judge was treating both sides of the case equally.

The heated exchange came as the defense rested its case Thursday afternoon.

Kenosha County, Wis., Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger took issue with how Judge Bruce Schroeder harangued him for trying to introduce evidence the judge deemed inadmissible Wednesday. Binger said Schroeder should likewise rule against the defense’s attempt to introduce a video on use-of-force that included evidence the judge previously ruled was inadmissible.

“I have to say, your honor, yesterday I was the target of your ire for disregarding your orders,” Binger said. “Today, the defense is disregarding your order.

“I think it’s a fundamental fairness issue, your honor, if I’m being held to obey the court’s orders, I’m asking that the defense be held to that too.”

Schroeder cut Binger off at one point and said, “you know, I don’t want to talk about” it.

The exchange took place with the jury outside of the courtroom. When they returned, the defense’s video, which was part of the testimony by use-of-force expert John Black, was shown.

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