The feckless Wisconsin prosecutors, who are claiming that Kyle Rittenhouse murdered two men and wounded a third, started the first day of hearing from witnesses by figuratively shooting themselves in the foot. Testimony from the three witnesses–an FBI agent, Richie McGinniss and Ryan Balch–clearly helped defendant Rittenhouse, who insists he acted in self-defense.
Richie McGinniss, a reporter for the Daily Caller, was the first on the stand today:
McGinniss, who was running behind Joseph Rosenbaum when Kyle Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum, testified in court on Nov. 4, 2021, that Rosenbaum “lunged” for Rittenhouse’s gun and “threw his momentum toward the weapon,” bolstering the defendant’s self-defense argument and blowing a major hole in the state’s case.
“It was very clear to me that he (Rosenbaum) was reaching specifically for the weapon because that’s where his hands went,” McGinniss testified. He then stood up in the courtroom, putting both of his hands out, and demonstrated the lunge. He said Rosenbaum was in an “athletic position” as if he was “running as fast as he could.” The rifle was aimed lower than Rosenbaum’s hands, which were also going lower. Rittenhouse “dodged around it,” and then leveled the weapon and fired, he testified.
“It appeared he was lunging for the front portion of the weapon,” McGinniss said, adding that Rosenbaum yelled f*** you, sounding “very angry.”
Two important points–Rittenhouse was not pointing the rifle at Rosenbaum until Rosenbaum “lunged” at the kid and tried to grab the AR-15. Prosecutors tried desperately to get McGinniss to blame Rittenhouse, but the Daily Caller video editor held firm. What in the hell were the prosecutors thinking by putting McGinniss on the stand? I am sure they had deposed him and knew what he would say. McGinniss’ testimony creates an enormous amount of reasonable doubt on behalf of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Have you heard the aphorism, “When you’re in a hole, stop digging?” Well, the prosecutors kept digging. Next up, Ryan Balch:
Ryan Balch, who was at the chaotic protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin with Rittenhouse last year, told prosecutors they had a dust up with Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, after spotting him allegedly trying to light a fire.
“Rosenbaum was right there in front of my face,” Balch testified on the second day of Rittenhouse’s homicide trial. “He said, ‘If I catch you guys alone tonight I’m gonna f–king kill you.’”
“He threatened me and the defendant,” Balch said.