In the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, a lone jury voted in favor of the start of the third day of the hearing at 8 a.m., as Judge Bruce Schroeder resigned from the jury on Wednesday night after the second day of the hearing in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The judge recalled the jury at about 4:30 p.m., Central Standard time, after they had looked at video evidence of the case. He then asked the jury to confirm that 9:00 was the appropriate start time the next day; one voted for a start time of 8.00.
Judge Schroeder then dismissed the jury and gave attorneys and defendants a confusing explanation of the architecture and interior of the wood-paneled courtroom, which he noted was completed in 1923, with an “ornate” skylight and a quote from Abraham Lincoln.
The 1836 speech quoted by Schroeder is known as the Lyceum Address. Lincoln condemned the actions of a mob in Missouri that had murdered and burned two fleeing black slaves. And he warned against the fairness of the crowd (initial italics):
I hope I’m too careful; but if I am not, there is still something wrong with us. I mean the growing disregard for the law in the country; a growing desire to replace wild and furious passions instead of sober court judgments; and worse than a wild crowd for executive justice ministers. This attitude is terribly frightening in any community; and that it now exists in our own, though our emotions are sad to admit, denying it would violate the truth and violate our intelligence. Reports of rage by the crowds are daily news of the time.
On the other hand, good men, peace-loving men who want to obey the laws and enjoy the benefits of those who would gladly shed blood to defend their homeland; to see their property destroyed; their families were injured and their lives were endangered; their person injured; and I see nothing to predict change for the better; to get tired and disgusted by a government that does not offer them protection; and are not very averse to a change in which they imagine they have nothing to lose. Thus, the operation of this mobocratic spirit, which everyone must admit, is now abroad, the strongest pillar of any government, and especially governments like ours, can actually be dismantled and destroyed – I mean annex people. Whenever this effect arises among us; whenever a malicious population is allowed to gather in hundreds and thousands and burn churches, destroy and plunder Grocery Stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot journalists, and hang and burn disgusting individuals with pleasure and impunity. ; Depending on that, this government cannot last.
The judge told six deputies that they had to continue to go to court if they were needed.
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