Rittenhouse attorney prompts witness testimony backing up self-defense claims

Defense attorneys appeared to score a victory on Monday as the trail against Kyle Rittenhouse continues to play out in a Wisconsin courtroom.

Corey Chirafisi, a lawyer representing Rittenhouse, employed some tough cross-examination that struck at the root of his client’s claims of self-defense in connection with a shooting that left one protester dead during a riot in Kenosha.

Defense scores big

While some in the mainstream media attempted to portray the development in the most positive light for prosecutors by portraying Gaige Grosskreutz as a victim because he was shot in the arm that night, his testimony on the witness stand appeared to undercut that narrative. In fact, prosecutors seemed to be visibly dismayed when the witness made a startling confession.

“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your gun, now your hand’s down, pointed at hin that he fired, right?” Chirafisi asked.

“Correct,” Grosskreutz replied.

Even as some legal experts praised Chirafisi for his expert questioning, including prosecutor Julie Rendelman, who speculated that the courtroom admission left the state in a desperate position. She noted that Rittenhouse could not be expected to read Grosskreutz’s mind during the encounter with a gun.

“It’s hard to imagine that someone pulls out a gun, un-holsters it, points it and then says they didn’t intend to point it,” she said.

Prosecutors stumble

The defense attorney’s cross-examination might have poked some holes in other aspects of Grosskreutz’s narrative.

While on the stand, the witness was evasive at times and contradicted himself. He denied chasing Rittenhouse, though video evidence appeared to contradict that claim.

Chirafisi also led Grosskreutz to acknowledge that he had previously failed to mention that he was armed when pursuing a $10 million lawsuit against Kenosha.

Nevertheless, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger was clearly desperate to portray Rittenhouse as a cold-blooded shooter inspired by video games like Call of Duty. His cross-examination focused intensely on Rittenhouse’s AR-15 rifle.

At one point, Binger was admonished by Judge Bruce Schroeder for his “brazen” response to being rebuked for violating a pre-trial ruling. In the end, Rittenhouse still faces the possibility of a life sentence over what many critics say are primarily politically motivated charges.

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