A Wisconsin judge ruled on Monday that Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense team can refer to the men he shot as “rioters” and “looters,” but prosecutors may not call them “victims” at any point during Rittenhouse’s upcoming murder trial.
Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder’s decision came at a hearing where he laid out the ground rules for Rittenhouse’s November 1 trial.
Schroeder warned Rittenhouse’s attorneys against using the terms “rioters” and “looters” during opening statements but said they could be used in closing arguments if evidence suggested the men engaged in criminal activity.
According to The Chicago Tribune, “Schroeder indicated he would allow evidence of bad behavior that night by the men Rittenhouse shot because it could speak to how dangerous they would have seemed to the teen.”
The prosecutors were frustrated with the judge’s decision, arguing it is unfair for Rittenhouse’s team to be able to use those terms while they could not use the word “victim.” (Read more from “Judge: Men Shot by Kyle Rittenhouse Not Victims” HERE)
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