The circumstances surrounding the Kyle Rittenhouse trial have led presiding Judge Bruce Shroeder to question allowing cameras into the courtroom in any future case. Shroeder referenced the treatment of both the prosecution and the defense in media coverage of the trial, which has been brutal depending on where the media pundit's opinion lands on the case.
"These are five very reputable attorneys that I've practiced with for years. And I think it's shameful some of the things that are being done to these people. And when I talked about problems with the media, when this trial started... we were there, in part, because of grossly irresponsible handling of what comes out of this trial," Shroeder said.
"I will tell you this," Shroeder continued, "I'm going to think long and hard about live television in the trial again, next time. I don't know I always been a firm believer in it because I think the people should be able to see what's going on but what I'm seeing what's being done is really quite frightening. Frightening, that's the right word."
Shroeder also spoke about the jury, and the treatment of the jury in the media. Some have reported that jurors are concerned that they will be doxxed or threatened based on the outcome of the case. He said that there has been "disrespect that courts have had in this country for the juries."
"These are intelligent people," Shroeder continued, "they get treated like— There was a time when the people educated people in the town where the physician and the lawyer and maybe the school teacher and the preacher and the rest of the people were farmers, so obviously they weren't as smart as most educated people, right? Wrong."
Shroeder noted a report from the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal in which law professors wondered why the judge hadn't yet issued a response to the motion to dismiss the case with prejudice, as brought by the defense. The law professors said Shroeder's lack of response to that was "odd."
"I didn’t rule on the motion to dismiss," Shroeder said. "I haven’t even had a chance to read the motion, I just got it yesterday. I really think before I rule on a motion I should let the state respond. So why anyone would think it’s 'odd' for the judge to sit on a motion to dismiss, I have no idea."
"I'm somewhat astounded," Shroeder said, "as it gets out into the general public, and I spoke about it on the first day of trial, the result of the trial should be open to public scrutiny and people should have confidence in the outcome of the trial … It's just a shame that irresponsible statements are being made."
CNN pundits have claimed that Shroeder is performing to get a job at Fox News.
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