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Rittenhouse Judge Slams CNN, Jeffrey Toobin By Name Over ‘Obvious’ Legal Ignorance

"... they obviously are not familiar with this rule."
Judge Bruce Schroeder speaks to Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 3, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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Judge Bruce Schroeder on Wednesday laid into legal analysts on left-wing network CNN, including chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin — whom he mentioned by name, over their “obvious” ignorance of the law.

Schroeder, overseeing the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, commented on the media for a second time since the trial started Monday.

“I’m going to comment about the media — again,” the judge said, noting that a talking head called the case the “most divisive case in the country to date,” Law & Crime reported.

“So, anything that undermines public confidence in what happens here is very important,” Schroeder continued. “It’s important for this town. It’s important for this country to have people have confidence in the result of this trial — whatever it is. And I don’t care what it is.”

The media, he said, are “saying things that are totally bizarre.” CNN’s Toobin and “another attorney” on the network discussed the “uncommunicated threat rule,” an “ancient rule of our law,” the judge outlined, the report said.

“This was on CNN — Jeffrey Toobin and another attorney there … A comment was made that the ruling was incomprehensible,” the Schroeder explained. “And I think they obviously are not familiar with this rule. That’s our law. That’s the law in the Jackson case; it’s the law in the case of the United States against Craig A. Smith, which is 230 federal second 300, a Seventh Circuit case from 2000. This is admissible evidence.”

According to Law & Crime, the discussion came up in the courtroom as defense challenged prosecution’s ask to show video with narration the defense deemed “hearsay that was inadmissible.” Ultimately, Schroeder only allowed the prosecution to turn on the audio for portions of the footage shown to the jury.

As highlighted by The Daily Wire, a witness who testified, social media influencer Koerri Washington, confirmed Wednesday that he has seen videos of Joseph Rosenbaum, a man fatally shot by Rittenhouse, hurling the N-word and yelling “shoot me” near a Kenosha gas station on the night of August 25, 2020.

Washington also told the jury he made a “mental note” of Rosenbaum due to his “erratic” behavior.

Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he was arrested for fatally shooting Rosenbaum and one other man, as well as injuring a third during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He is charged with five felony counts and one misdemeanor, including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.

The teen pleaded not guilty in January, claiming he acted in self-defense.


Related: Witness: Man Rittenhouse Fatally Shot Acted ‘Erratic’; Hurled N-Word, Shouted ‘Shoot Me’ Near Gas Station

Related: WATCH: Prosecutor Lists Numerous Alleged Crimes Of Man Kyle Rittenhouse Fatally Shot, Downplays As Irrelevant

Related: Rittenhouse Trial: Judge Will ‘Likely’ Allow Police Officer-Related Video Defense Believes Helps Rittenhouse

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