Andrew Branca: This was, of course, the only verdict consistent with the evidence, with the law, and with justice.
The State never had anything even close to disproving self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt, no case that a reasonable jury could possibly convict on, and despite that they brutalized this poor kid for a second time in this trial, after the initial series of murderous attacks on Kyle Rittenhouse.
For the last 14 months not only did Kyle have to deal with the PTSD of the physical attacks he miraculously survived the night of August 25, 2020, he had to worry whether this trial would end in a life sentence + five years with no possibility of early release. Then add in the contemptible conduct of the prosecution in preparing for and arguing this trial, with misrepresented evidence, mid-trial evidentiary gifts from the evidence fairy, and outright misrepresentations of the law, and from the perspective of this small-town lawyer, this entire affair was a legal horror show.
Then, after both parties had rested, and a fair and impartial jury ought to have returned verdicts of not guilty in the morning of the first day of deliberations, the defendant had to suffer through four days of uncertainty until the justice finally delivered mid-day on the fourth day.
We can only thank God that the jury ultimately delivered to Kyle Rittenhouse the justice and acquittals he so richly deserved.
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