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Judge Dismisses Gun Charges in Rittenhouse Case

The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse is coming to a close, and as it holds a firm grip on the attention of the Nation, we watch in anticipation for the outcome. What will go down as a landmark case has taken many twists and turns, both inside and out of the courtroom. The latest development is that the Judge has officially thrown out the charge levied against Kyle Rittenhouse regarding the illegal possession of a firearm. This critical component of the Prosecution's claim suggested that if Kyle was illegally in possession of a firearm, he would not be able to claim Self Defense in the shooting. Now that Judge Schroeder has dismissed this charge, the spotlight on the case has only gotten brighter.

Wisconsin law states that is illegal for a minor to be in possession of a deadly weapon unless they are 16 or 17 years of age. Because at the time of the shooting, Kyle Rittenhouse was 17, the Judge has determined that he cannot be charged of this as a matter of law. In this case, one more doorway to prosecution has been closed, but not all of them.

Some have reacted to the dismissal by saying that the law was confusingly written, which allows for an elastic interpretation. A contingent of the National Guard has been assembled near Kenosha in preparation for possible civil unrest.

The relevance of the gun charge to the remainder of the case highlights the cultural importance of the trial. The Judge dismissing this specific charge against Kyle Rittenhouse is a sign that the Second Amendment is present in. Wisconsin's Legal Codes, at least in part. According to the Judge, Kyle Rittenhouse's right to keep and bear arms will not be determined by a jury.

As of now, the remaining charges include reckless homicide, reckless endangerment, intentional homicide, and attempted intentional homicide.


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