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Rittenhouse Judge Blocks Question on Politics of Witness – The Intercept

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Judge Bruce Schroeder, who is presiding over the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, interrupted the lead prosecutor on Thursday to prevent him from asking a far-right political commentator if the right-wing network he works for is biased.

Schroeder has insisted from the start of the trial that it is not political in nature, even though the circumstances of the shootings were driven by politics, since Rittenhouse took an assault rifle to police a Black Lives Matt…….

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Judge Bruce Schroeder, who is presiding over the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, interrupted the lead prosecutor on Thursday to prevent him from asking a far-right political commentator if the right-wing network he works for is biased.

Schroeder has insisted from the start of the trial that it is not political in nature, even though the circumstances of the shootings were driven by politics, since Rittenhouse took an assault rifle to police a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha alongside a volunteer militia.

On Thursday, he reminded the assistant district attorney leading the prosecution, Thomas Binger, that, in his view, “this is not a political trial,” after Binger had asked a defense witness, Drew Hernandez — who recorded video of one fatal shooting — if his employer, Real America’s Voice, has “any sort of political bias or agenda.”

“I don’t know how you would isolate a person’s particular politics and determine that that person is going to evaluate the evidence one way or another,” the judge told the prosecutor, to explain why the witness should not have to answer the question.

The prosecutor appeared to focus on Hernandez’s extreme politics to encourage the jury to disregard testimony in which he repeatedly cast the people who were killed by Rittenhouse as not protesters distressed about the shooting of a Black man by the police, but a mob of rioters and antifascists.

Because this line of questioning was halted, the jury did not get to learn that Real America’s Voice is not a conservative-leaning network; it is a platform for far-right views, including those of Steve Bannon, who uses his show to promote lies and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and the coronavirus pandemic.

But Hernandez, who calls himself both a commentator and a reporter, has made no secret of his far-right politics. As I reported previously, Hernandez spent much of last year capturing video of violence, arson or looting on the fringes of racial justice protests, helping to support the misleading Republican talking point that the nation was under siege from violent rioters and antifascists.

When the prosecutor was permitted to resume his questioning, he noted that when Hernandez posted his video on Twitter of Rittenhouse shooting Joseph Rosenbaum in Kenosha last year, he did so with a caption that maligned the victim as a “rioter.”

Forty minutes after posting the video, Binger noted, Hernandez tweeted a clearly biased (and factually incorrect) comment that falsely described the shooting by Rittenhouse as a measure taken …….

Source: https://theintercept.com/2021/11/11/rittenhouse-trial-judge-blocks-prosecutor-asking-far-right-videographer-biased/