Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges in the shootings during the uprisings that occurred last summer following the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis.
CNN:“Judge Bruce Schroeder told the jurors that he “couldn’t have asked for a better jury to work with” during the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who killed two people and shot one other.”
The jury acquitted Rittenhouse of all charges on Friday, after about a three-week process.
“All of you – I couldn’t have asked for a better jury to work with, and it has truly been my pleasure. I think without commenting on your verdict… the verdict themselves, just in terms of your attentiveness and the cooperation that you gave to us justifies the confidence that the founders of our country placed in you,” he said.
He also reminded jurors that they are never under any obligation to discuss any aspects of the case. He said some media outlets have requested to talk to members of the jury, and the jurors can decide if they want to accept that invitation.
“You’re welcome to do so as little or as much as you want,” Schroeder said.
The judge concluded:“Thank you so much, and after four years you’re eligible for service again. It would be my pleasure to work with you. Thank you.”
Rittenhouse began to cry as the verdict was read and he learned he had been acquitted on all charges in the Kenosha County Circuit Court. He appeared to collapse into his chair and hugged attorney Corey Chirafisi.
Before the verdict was read, Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder said, “There can’t be any reaction at all, no matter how strongly you may feel and it’s understood that many people do have strong feelings, but we can’t permit any kind of reaction to the verdict.