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Common Dreams - November 11, 2021

This week we saw two dueling shitshows of egregious ineptitude, bias, WTF havoc and (likely) injustice in the high-profile trials of fake-crying idiot goon and hapless vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse, who randomly gunned down two protesters during BLM protests in Wisconsin with an AR-15 he got 'cause it "looked cool," and three vicious, racist Georgia good ole boys who somewhat more pointedly chased and gunned down Ahmaud Arbery for jogging while black in their lily-white Jim Crow neighborhood. The trial of the baby-faced "Vile Shittenhouse" has gotten far more press coverage, likely because he's been shamefully embraced as a heroic victim by a thug-loving right-wing that raised millions for his bail, insisted he went to Kenosha to "clean up the filth left by the rioting Biden voters,” and argued he “should walk away a free and rich man after suing for malicious prosecution" - never mind the leering photos of him in bars with Proud Boys giving a White Power sign in a T-shirt that gloats, "Free As Fuck." Claiming self-defence for killing Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, little Kyle has proved a less-than-compelling witness: Blank and dumb as a rock, he's been caught in lies, scrunched up his face in some dreadful, no-tears, Brett-Kavanaugh-style crying, and offered senseless narratives - ie: He went there to offer medical aid, yet walked away when his victim called for help. Twitter: "My kid wanted to be a medic for Halloween but I couldn’t find him an AR-15 in time...I don't always kill people in self-defense, but when I do I drive to a state I don't live in with an AR-15 and wander the streets with said AR-15, because...self defense.” Trayvon should have been so lucky.

Kyle's deficits have been matched by Judge Bruce Schroeder, 75, who has run such a blatantly partisan courtroom he seems to be working for the defence. Early on, he rejected multiple requests from prosecutors to allow proof of Kyle's white-supremacism and refused to let them call his victims "victims" - "too loaded" - while letting the defence call them "rioters" and "looters," though given they're dead who knows. Notes Elie Mystal, "(Refusing) to use linguistically accurate terms for people who did not voluntarily attempt to catch a bullet with their face" while allowing defence to use prejudicial language about them "is the very definition of bias." They were no angels, Schroeder implies, and neither are the prosecutors, which must be why he's repeatedly harangued and attacked them in court. He also babbled endlessly about tech things he doesn't get, let his cellphone ring in court to the Trumpian tune of "God Bless the U.S.A.," joked about the Asian food for lunch, and blithely sat on the bench perusing a cookie catalogue during breaks. The "racist-AR-15-toting-white-boys-will-be-racist-AR-15-toting-white boys" vibe was sumptiously reflected in a loopy New York Times puff piece (WTF NYT?!) that began, "Kyle Rittenhouse, who has idolized law enforcement since he was young, arrived in Kenosha (with) one mission: to play the role of police officer and medic.' Twitter: "Charles Manson, (who) idolized The Beatles, arrived in L.A. with dreams of recording success...John Wilkes Booth, who idolized theater since he was young, arrived at the Ford Theater with one mission: to catch a show from the balcony...Adolf Hitler, who has idolized artists, arrived in Berlin with one mission - to better his country...Jeffrey Dahmer, a shy polite loner, liked to go bar hopping, where he occasionally brought home people for dinner." If Kyle gets off, many speculate, he'll turn up on Dancing With the Stars and "Let's Go Vigilantes!" t-shirts will bloom. "BREAKING:" reads a Daily Show headline. "Judge in Case Reveals He Has Adopted Kyle Rittenhouse, Declares Mistrial 'Because He's My Son.'" ...
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