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Jurors’ Questions

    If you’re on the Kyle Rittenhouse jury, there are many questions that are likely swirling around in your head. Every one of these are questions are ones that the prosecution would be thrilled to know you’re pondering. One may be, “Why does a 17-year-old own an AR-15, a military-style semi-automatic rifle?” That would be a fair question since it’s been called “A perfect killing machine.” It was engineered to have a “maximum wound effect.” The tiny bullets allegedly travel three times the speed of sound. After a bullet hits a body, the flesh is ripped open, destroying tissue, nerves, blood vessels and vital organs. It’s probably not the ideal Christmas gift for a teenager, whose brain’s frontal lobe, the portion governing reasoning and judgment, hasn’t even been fully formed. Another question may be, “Why the heck did this armed teenager have to go to the ‘protest’ and/or ‘riot’?” That’s another fair question since his hometown is Antioch, Illinois, 30 minutes away from Kenosha, the city in which the alleged crimes occurred. He chose to travel across state lines to put himself in the center of a violent scene. Although he alleged that evening on multiple occasions that he was an EMT, he was not. He lacked the appropriate training and experience to avoid potential conflict and to properly assist those in need.

    Those questions, and others like them, are ones that the prosecution hopes the jury will focus on during deliberations. The prosecution deems them extremely relevant inquiries since they have attempted to persuade the jury that Rittenhouse provoked the attacks that led to the shootings. They alleged that Rittenhouse cannot avail himself of protection under the self-defense laws since his irresponsible actions caused the alleged victims to respond the way that they did.

(This is an article published in the Daily Mail on November 11, 2021 authored by Mark Eiglarsh as a guest contributor)

‘Desperate times call for desperate measures.’

That’s the quotation that comes to mind after observing the prosecutor’s behavior in court during the cross examination of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is on trial for shooting and killing 2 men and wounding a third during a night of violent riots and protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

(special thanks to co-author: Sebastian Frazier)

Introduction

You’re driving home from a night on the town after catching a meal and some drinks at a local bar. You decide to drive home with your windows down and music loud which attracts the attention of a nearby highway patrol officer. Curious at your peculiar driving patterns and disruptive noise, the officer decides to follow your vehicle (unbeknownst to you). As your nearing home, the officer turns on his lights and indicates that you should pull over. You don’t notice the officer’s signal and instead keep driving up your driveway and into your garage. As you open your door to step out of the vehicle, the officer follows you inside your legal residence and begins to question you. Only a little while after, you’re arrested for a misdemeanor charge: driving under the influence.

Last September, surveillance video captured PJ Nilaja Patterson’s savage and fatal attack on an iguana. While Florida law allows people to kill the invasive species in a quick and humane manner, Patterson’s half-hour attack left the iguana with a lacerated liver, a broken pelvis, and internal bleeding.

Patterson was charged with animal cruelty, but said he only beat the iguana after it bit him in the arm. Patterson’s attorney attempted to use the “stand your ground” defense, but Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen rejected this defense and ruled today that Patterson must stand trial on a felony animal cruelty charge

Adopted 16 years ago, Florida’s “stand your ground law” states, “A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”

On May 27, a St. Johns County Grand Jury indicted 14-year-old Aiden Fucci on first-degree murder charges for the stabbing death of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey. Fucci was initially charged with second-degree murder, but the charges were upgraded to first-degree murder due to the nature of the crime. This indictment automatically moves his case to adult court.

Bailey’s family reported her missing in the early hours of May 9. Her body was later found that day in a wooded area near her house. Bailey sustained a total of 114 stab wounds, with at least 49 defensive wounds to her head, hands, and arms.

Fucci was immediately called into questioning by police and taken into custody on May 10. The arrest warrant shows that friends of Fucci told investigators that he made multiple statements indicating he intended to kill someone by taking them into the woods and stabbing them. DNA evidence was also found connecting Bailey to Fucci, including her DNA on some of his clothing.

(Thanks to Elizabeth Chailosky for her work on this post)

HYPOTHETICAL

You see your teenager being arrested by police. You approach police who tell you to get away. You feel thoroughly scared and helpless. With the Derek Chauvin trial still fresh in your mind, you pull out your phone and begin recording officers. The officers see you standing across the street recording them. They shout, “Stop recording us or we will arrest you!” You continue to record believing that you have a legal right to do so. Even though you’re keeping your distance and not interfering with the officers in any way, you are stripped of your liberty and charged with obstruction. This arrest must be an unlawful, right?

INTRODUCTION

As you’ve likely heard, President Trump has alleged that the 2020 election was stolen from him and was filled with fraud. As you’ve also likely heard, Trump has filed a number of lawsuits in an attempt to overturn the election. Many are wondering whether Trump will be successful. The straight answer: Trump and his legal team have three hurdles they must overcome, and each one seems insurmountable.

1. Evidence

WHAT HAPPPENED

Recently, a man boarded a Jet Blue flight from New York City’s Kennedy Airport bound for Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to boarding he had been tested for the coronavirus and was awaiting test results. He failed to disclose that information to anyone from the airline. While on the flight, the man learned that he tested positive for the deadly virus. The crew and 114 passengers were stuck on the tarmac for hours awaiting instructions from health officials. Jet Blue has permanently banned the passenger from all of their future flights, indicating that the passenger, “…put their “crewmembers, customers, and federal and local officials in an unsettling situation that could have easily been avoided.” The coronavirus positive patient is currently in isolation at this time.

Many have been wondering whether the passenger should face criminal charges for his actions. Law enforcement are reportedly looking into that issue right now. What do you think?

I didn’t believe it until I read about it in several different media reports. A six year old Florida girl was arrested and charged with battery. Apparently she threw a temper tantrum in class, resulting in law enforcement being summonded. They handcuffed her, transported her to the juvenile detention center (fancy name for “kid jail”) and then she was fingerprinted. As if that wasn’t enough humiliation, they also had her mugshot taken.

What country are we living in? Who in their right mind would ever order this to occur? The answer to “Who would do this?” is… Officer Dennis Turner, from the Orlando Police Department. Fortunately, we are now hearing that he broke protocol by not contacting his commander. I say, “Fortunately,” because I’d hate to think that this is the standard operating procedure in that jurisdiction. I would lose sleep knowing that this is the norm.

For what it’s worth, the child’s grandmother alleges that the girl suffers from sleep apnea and hasn’t been sleeping much lately. She believes the child’s behavior resulted from sleep depravation. Additionally, I’ve seen plenty of photos and video showing the size of the six year old child. She’s tiny. Think about the smallest Huxtable kid or grandkid. Yeah, that’s about right.

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