Juror #7 Dismissed in Kyle Rittenhouse Case Following Joke Told About Jacob Blake Shooting


Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin: November 4, 2021 (via CourtTV) YouTube Tips ⓘ

Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed Juror #7, described as a retired white male, on Thursday, November 4, 2021. The juror uses a scooter and is escorted differently than the other jurors, and according to Judge Schroeder, it was reported to him that while being escorted to the car, the juror told a joke to a court officer, referencing, “Why did it take seven shots to shoot Jacob Blake?”

The state had requested that Juror #7 be excused, based on this information.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger clarified that the joke, according to secondary sources, stated, “Why did the Kenosha police shoot Jacob Blake seven times? Because they ran out of bullets.”

When Juror #7 was brought before the judge Thursday before the proceedings, the juror declined to explain or re-tell the joke and the judge decided to dismiss him. Judge Schroeder said he began to tell a joke about the shooting of Jacob Black, and asked if he was comfortable repeating what the joke was, or did he just want to leave it alone. Juror #7 did not want to repeat the joke.

Judge Schroeder reminded the court that he was concerned about public confidence in the outcome of the trial. Judge Schroeder said, “It is clear that the appearance of bias is present and it would seriously undermine the outcome of the case. That in itself would be sufficient cause for discharge.

The defense agreed that without cooperation of Juror #7, the dismissal was the proper course.

Juror #7 replied that the joke had nothing to do with the case … nothing to do with Kyle and his seven charges. Judge Schroeder then reminded Juror #7 that the public needs to be confident that this is a fair trial. The judge clarified that at the very least the joke was in poor judgment.

The jury panel now includes 19 members — 11 women and eight men.

Kyle Rittenhouse and legal defense team in Kenosha County Court Wednesday, November 4, 2021 (via CourtTV feed)
Kyle Rittenhouse and legal defense team in Kenosha County Court Wednesday, November 4, 2021 (via CourtTV feed).



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