Watch live as Kyle Rittenhouse jury begins deliberations
Jurors began their fourth day of deliberation in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial on Friday morning.
It comes after the third day ended without a verdict, when jurors were sent home following more than 24 hours of deliberation across three days this week.
On Thursday, Judge Bruce Schroeder barred MSNBC from covering the trial inside the courthouse for the remainder of the trial, after a freelancer journalist was stopped by the Kenosha Police Department for allegedly running a traffic signal behind a bus used to transport jurors to the courthouse. Police said they believed the man tried to photograph the bus.
NBC News said in a statement that the journalist did not intend to contact or photograph the jurors and is cooperating with authorities. Police said “there was no breach of security regarding the jury, nor were there any photographs obtained”.
Mr Rittenhouse, 18, is facing five felony charges for shooting three men in the aftermath of police brutality protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin on 25 August 2020. The most serious charges are first-degree homicide for the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber.
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Jurors begin fourth day of deliberation
Jurors commenced their fourth day of deliberation at 9am CT on Friday.
The panel went straight up to the deliberation room without appearing in the court first, according to the bailiff.
Megan Sheets19 November 2021 15:09
Nicholas Sandmann urges Rittenhouse to sue media for defamation
Nicholas Sandmann, a former Kentucky high school student who was embroiled in controversy after being filmed in a confrontation with a Native American while wearing a MAGA hat in January 2019, spoke out about the Rittenhouse case this week as the jury began deliberating.
Mr Sandmann was 16 years old when video of his encounter with activist Nathan Phillips on the National Mall in Washington, DC, was splashed into headlines portraying him as the aggressor. A longer version of the video later revealed that Mr Phillips had approached him.
The teen’s family filed several defamation lawsuits against media outlets, including The Washington Post and CNN. The CNN suit was settled out of court while the $250m Post suit was dismissed.
In a column for the Daily Mail on Tuesday, Mr Sandmann urged Mr Rittenhouse to take his own legal action against the media.
“The parallels between me and Kyle Rittenhouse are impossible not to draw,” he wrote.
“Kyle was 17-years-old when he became a household name after that terrible tragedy in Kenosha. I was 16-years-old when I was catapulted into the national conversation by video of an encounter with a Native American activist on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“Kyle was almost immediately labelled a ‘white supremacist’ and a ‘domestic terrorist’. To many, my red MAGA hat clearly meant that I was a racist.”
Drawing on his own experience, Mr Sandmann acknowledged that defamation suits are hard to win, but told Mr Rittenhouse: “Give it a shot and hold the media accountable.”
Megan Sheets19 November 2021 14:36
Judge complains about his own ‘confusing’ jury instructions
Judge Schroeder complained about the length of the jury instructions as the court adjourned on Thursday night.
“I don’t know about you guys, I watch a little TV in the morning and in the evening, and some of the greatest legal minds in the country, I’m delighted to say, agree with us that the instructions are very confusing,” he said.
The judge granted a juror’s request to take a copy of the 36-page document home with them despite hesitation from the defence.
“I’m afraid it’s going to be the old dictionary game and they start defining words and things like that, outside research. That’s my concern,” defence attorney Mark Richards said.
The Associated Press explains controversy surrounding the instructions – and the judge who wrote them:
Megan Sheets19 November 2021 14:13
Will the jury deliberate over the weekend?
After roughly 24 hours of deliberation over three days, there’s still no sign of when the Rittenhouse jury will return its verdict.
Should the panel fail to come to a decision by the end of day four on Friday, Judge Bruce Schroeder will need to decide how to handle the weekend.
He would likely ask the jury whether they want to continue deliberating through the weekend, or could choose to sequester them.
The Independent’s Alex Woodward explains the deliberation process and its possible outcomes:
Megan Sheets19 November 2021 13:45
ICYMI: Who is Kyle Rittenhouse and what did he do?
And before the jury starts their fourth day of deliberations, catch-up on the details of the Kyle Rittenhouse case with this handy explainer from my colleague Joe Sommerlad:
Zoe Tidman19 November 2021 13:30
Sheriff hands out cookies to protesters
Also yesterday, a surprising scene took place outside the courthouse when the local sheriff was spotted distributing coffee and cookies to protesters.
Zoe Tidman19 November 2021 12:45
What happened yesterday?
Before the fourth day kicks off, here is a quick recap of what happened yesterday:
- Jurors retired around 4 pm at what the judge said was their own request, ending the third day of deliberations
- A juror asked if she could take the jury instructions home. The judge agreed but told her she could not talk to anyone about them.
- Kyle’s Rittenhouse attorney told the judge he feared that letting members take home instructions would lead to jurors looking things up in the dictionary or doing their own research.
- The judge banned MSNBC from the courthouse after a freelancer was accused of following the jurors in their bus. NBC denied he intended to take photos of them.
Zoe Tidman19 November 2021 12:00
What are the possible outcomes?
As deliberations enter the fourth day, here is a look at what outcomes could come from the case:
Zoe Tidman19 November 2021 11:00
Protesters outside court
While jurors were deliberating yesterday, protesters remained outside the court.
Here are some images of the scenes from yesterday.
Zoe Tidman19 November 2021 10:21
Fourth day of deliberations
The jury is set to enter its fourth day of deliberations later today.
So far, jurors have deliberated for around 24 hours over three days.
Here is a look at whether we can predict when a decision will come through:
Zoe Tidman19 November 2021 08:07