‘It better stop’: Judge admonishes prosecutor after Rittenhouse cross-examination

Sparks continued to fly this week as the Kyle Rittenhouse trial continues in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

According to reports, the presiding judge scolded the prosecution for its treatment of the defendant, who is facing charges related to a fatal shooting during a riot in Kenosha.

“You are right on the borderline”

According to The Daily Wire, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger drew the judge’s ire during cross-examination on Wednesday.

At one point, he attempted to capitalize on the fact that Rittenhouse had opted to exercise his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent despite having previously been prohibited from mentioning it.

Defense attorney Mark Richards quickly objected, complaining that Binger was improperly referencing Rittenhouse’s “right to remain silent.”

State Judge Bruce Schroeder apparently agreed, ordering jurors into an adjacent room before demanding an explanation from the prosecutor.

“This is a grave constitutional violation”

Although Binger attempted to rationalize his remarks, the judge was clearly having none of it.

“The problem is this is a grave constitutional violation for you to talk about the defendant’s silence, and that is, you’re right on the borderline,” Schroeder asserted, as The Daily Wire reported. “I can’t think of an initial case on it, but this is not permitted.”

Of course, this was just one of several times the two men clashed in the courtroom. The judge later erupted on the prosecutor for attempting to mention a video that had already been excluded from evidence.

“I was astonished when you began your examination by commenting on the defendant’s post-arrest silence,” Schroeder proclaimed from the bench. “That’s basic law. It’s been basic law in this country for 40 years — 50 years. I have no idea why you would do something like that.”

Rittenhouse is on trial for killing two men and wounding a third during a violent protest last summer following the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake. He and his attorneys have argued that he shot the men in self-defense.

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