Judge Jeanine Pirro is predicting that Kyle Rittenhouse will be “acquitted and exonerated.”
The Fox News star said on Wednesday’s episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight that the teenager, who is being tried for shooting three men, two fatally, amid unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year, has a clear case for self defense.
“This is a case where clearly self defense is something that will exonerate Kyle Rittenhouse and whether this case goes to the jury or whether the judge dismisses some of the charges on his own or whether the judge grants a mistrial, this young man will be acquitted and exonerated,” Pirro opined, according to Fox.
Unrest in Kenosha
According to the Washington Examiner, Rittenhouse, now 18, is facing two counts of intentional homicide, one count of attempted homicide, one count of recklessly endangering safety, and one count of illegal possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 years of age.
The charges stem from an incident that took place amid violent unrest that followed the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha.
This week, an emotional Rittenhouse took the stand to testify about the events that unfolded that night, attempting to explain that he was trying to defend himself, a claim that seems to have been backed up by testimony from other witnesses. The surviving victim, for example, admitted during questioning that he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse first, as reports noted.
“A rush to judgment”
With that in mind, legal experts, including Pirro, believe that Rittenhouse’s self defense argument is a strong one.
Speaking Wednesday, Pirro also noted that the proceedings may end in a mistrial as a result of prosecutorial misconduct. The judge in the case has yet to rule on a motion to that effect from the defense.
“What has happened here is there was a rush to judgment in this case,” Pirro argued Wednesday, according to Fox. “This kid, who was a fire cadet, a lifeguard, and a police explorer. He was a kid who went there to clean graffiti. They have video of it. He went there to help people. He was a medic. He was CPR trained and he finds himself in this situation.”
The Fox star went on: “He’s got a gun and in every circumstance, and it’s corroborated by what the witnesses say. The prosecution’s star witness, the one who isn’t dead, basically said, yes, I was lunging at him and I had a loaded gun and I was aiming at him. I mean, they established the case, right?”
In Pirro’s eyes, this case is fairly cut and dry. “This kid was prosecuted when the evidence was clear that he was defending himself,” she declared, according to Fox.
It does appear to many that the case is headed for acquittal. But these things are never guaranteed.