Jury intimidation at the Rittenhouse trial

Jury intimidation at the Rittenhouse trial. By Elizabeth Stauffer.

Cortez Rice is the reported nephew of George Floyd, whose May 2020 death while in police custody triggered a summer of rioting, looting and mayhem. And he has a message for the Kyle Rittenhouse trial jury.

In a chilling video that was clearly designed to intimidate, Rice told members of the jury they’re being watched and that he fully expects a guilty verdict. In a menacing tone of voice, he says, “I ain’t even gonna name the people that I know that’s up in the Kenosha [Wisconsin] trial. But it’s cameras in there. It’s definitely cameras up in there. There’s definitely people taking pictures of the juries and everything like that.”

Judge Bruce Schroeder, who is presiding over the case, told the court Tuesday it had been reported to him that, the same morning, an individual was found video-recording the jury. Schroeder said, “The officers approached the person and required [them] to delete the video.”

If it happens again, he said, the officers have been instructed to take the phone and bring it to the court. …

Because the jurors are not sequestered, it’s very possible that at least some will hear Rice’s messages.

Given the laughable paucity of the prosecution case, intimidation and the political atmosphere is all they have going for them. It worked in the trial of the cop who restrained George Floyd. There would have been mass riots (and probably some deaths) if he’d been found innocent.

But is it working this time? It might be:

Mob justice: do as we demand, and no one gets hurt.

But what if another mob shows up?

Or we can just laugh about it, with the Babylon Bee: Kyle Rittenhouse Asked To Step Outside And Defend The Courthouse While Verdict Is Being Read.

Moments before reading the verdict, the twelve jurors in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse asked if the defendant would please step outside and defend the courthouse.

“We, the jury will perform our constitutional duty and declare the verdict in this case,” said one sweating juror, “But we, the jury also don’t want to die.”

“Objection, your honor, Rittenhouse does not possess an AR-15 to defend the courthouse; I have the AR-15,” said the prosecutor, swinging the weapon wildly about as onlookers nervously ducked behind benches. “Besides, protestors are heroes, people of upstanding character, and victims.”

Judge Schroeder ruled the prosecutor a doofus and allowed Rittenhouse to disarm the blubbering liar, load his weapon, and position himself defensively on the steps of the courthouse while the verdict was read.

Witnesses claim even the prosecution team was relieved to know Kyle Rittenhouse was out there protecting them.

UPDATE: Tucker Carlson has a powerful monologue on the Rittenhouse case, and the intimidation (first 15 mins). The US is become much too like the third world. See the progression from Rodney King to George Floyd, now this.