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BLOG # 119

Abogados ofrecen narrativas de duelo en los argumentos finales del juicio de Rittenhouse

BLOG # 119

Lawyers Offer Dueling Narratives in Closing Arguments of Rittenhouse Trial

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The jury will begin deliberating on Tuesday. The prosecution says Kyle Rittenhouse shot three men after instigating the shootings, while his lawyers say he was defending himself.

A prosecutor in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial began his closing argument on Monday with an acknowledgment that the case had been clouded by politics, by feverish media coverage, by anger and outrage on both the right and the left.

Mr. Rittenhouse, who was then 17, came to downtown Kenosha with a gun that he was too young to legally purchase, Mr. Binger said. He lied about his medical credentials, saying he was an E.M.T. when he was not, the prosecutor said. And when chased by a man into a parking lot, Mr. Binger said, Mr. Rittenhouse shot the man, Joseph Rosenbaum, four times — an unnecessary action that ended the life of Mr. Rosenbaum, who was unarmed.

On the day of the shootings, Mr. Rittenhouse traveled to downtown Kenosha, which had erupted in protests that included looting and arson after a white police officer, Rusten Sheskey, shot Jacob Blake, a Black resident. Mr. Rittenhouse has said he went to Kenosha to protect property and provide medical treatment, but things quickly got violent after someone near him fired a gun.

The judge sided with Mr. Rittenhouse’s defense lawyers, who argued that the language of the state law does not prohibit a 17-year-old from carrying a rifle with a long barrel, as prosecutors had contended.

Mr. Binger, the prosecutor, showed jurors a drone video on Monday that he said showed evidence that Mr. Rittenhouse had provoked the confrontation by pointing his gun at a bystander and prompting Mr. Rosenbaum to give chase.

“When the defendant provokes the incident, he loses the right to self-defense,” he said. “You cannot claim self-defense against a danger you create.”


Opinión

The gun-worship cult in the U.S. believes in the power of firearms to solve social problems. The accused in this case, even when being a minor, prohibited from owning a gun, chose to become a “vigilante” and take justice in his hands by shooting 4 times a crowd participant. The accused lied about being an emergency medical technician and performed a grief scene, crying uncontrollably in court while testifying in his defense. The judge has already shown sympathy towards the accused, but not towards the victim of the accused’s shooting. The outcome of this trial will make no one feel secure or safe.

El culto a las armas en los EE. UU. cree en el poder de las armas de fuego para resolver problemas sociales. El acusado en este caso, aun siendo menor de edad, con prohibición de poseer un arma, optó por convertirse en un “justiciero” y tomar la justicia en sus manos disparando 4 veces a un participante de la multitud. El acusado mintió sobre ser un técnico médico de emergencia y realizó una escena de duelo, llorando incontrolablemente en el tribunal mientras testificaba en su defensa. El juez ya ha mostrado simpatía hacia el acusado, pero no hacia la víctima del tiroteo del acusado. El resultado de esta prueba no hará que nadie se sienta seguro o protegido.

*Read More https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/15/us/rittenhouse-trial-closing-arguments.html?smid=em-share