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The Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse

The Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse

Update: 2021-11-229
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This episode contains strong language.

On Aug. 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager, shot three men, two of them fatally, during street protests in Kenosha, Wis., over the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer.

Mr. Rittenhouse’s trial, which began on Nov. 1, revolved around a central question: Did his actions constitute self-defense under Wisconsin law?

Last week, a jury decided that they did, finding him not guilty on every count against him.

We look at key moments from the trial and at how the verdict was reached.

Guest: Julie Bosman, the Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times. 

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although the thought of putting someone has young as Kyle in prison for the rest of their life does not sit well with me I have to wonder. If we're asking the jury to think as a 17 or 18 year old would think and judge that way how might that change other cases? for example if someone who's grown up in a state with racial prejudice kills someone in that race, can they use that as a defense because after all that's the way they were raised and that's how they think and feel because they're from that area? The jury should then be instructed to think like they do in order to understand why they acted as they did? or what about someone living here from another country with a culture that states its okay to kill a family member if they are bringing disgrace to your family by their actions. could the jury then be instructed to put their minds in that culture and judge as that culture would?

Nov 25th
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The Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse

The Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse

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