The defense in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial requested that Judge Schroeder dismiss a firearms charge against defendant Rittenhouse.
“Judge Bruce Schroeder ruled in favor of the defense’s request to have a firearms charge against Kyle Rittenhouse dismissed in Kenosha County Court on Monday morning,” reported Breitbart News.
“Judge Scroeder appeared skeptical of the weapons charge, saying that the Wisconsin statue was unclear about exceptions for those over 16 years old but under 18 years old if the gun were a long-barreled rifle,” reported Breitbart News.
The judge did not throw out the charge initially because he could not remember if the length of the barrel had been introduced into evidence.
“On Monday, as lawyers for the prosecution and the defense argued over the final draft of the jury instructions, the defense again raised the issue of the weapons charge, noting that the gun had been measured in court and that the police detective on the witness stand had confirmed that it was not short-barreled,” Breitbart News reported.
“If the barrel length is less than 16 inches, or an overall less than 26 inches, then I’ll deny the defense motion; if it does not meet those specifications, then the defense motion will be granted,” Judge Schroeder said.
“We are not disputing that the barrel length is appropriate,” the prosecutor said.
“Judge Schroeder dismissed the charge. The remaining charges concern murder and attempted murder. Critics have opined that Rittenhouse’s argument that he acted in self-defense would defeat those charges, and that the weapons charge posed the only serious chance of a conviction — if the statute applied,” reported Breitbart News.
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