The judge presiding over Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial has reportedly received as many as hundreds of emails threatening him and even his children.
The Kenosha County Courthouse received threatening emails, letters, postcards, and faxes accusing Wisconsin Judge Bruce Schroeder of racism and calling for his resignation in addition to warnings about Rittenhouse’s safety if the jury acquits him. There were also threats against the judge’s children, according to the Daily Mail .
“Your Honor, I didn’t know that under your black robes of justice you wear a white robe of the klan,” one such email reads. “There is no way a fair trial can be heard under your supervision. Better yet, resign.”
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National Guard activated for the trial result for a teenager, but not before the Kenosha riot.
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Many of the emails signed off with users putting down their full names, including one email that threatened to spit on Schroeder should the two ever meet in person.
“Enjoy your term, judge, it’s going to be your LAST,” the email read. “If I ever meet you in person, I fully intend to spit directly into your face, regardless of the cost. You’re disgusting.” Another email claimed to be from Jesus Christ, and is signed by the initials J.C.
“Make sure and tell Schroeder what a worthless piece of s*** he is,” the email demands. “He’ll find out officially when his heart seizes up in a few years and he has to stand before a real judge.”
Schroeder noted earlier this week there were “thousands of communications” he and his staff have received in the course of the trial. He promised he would “deal with” the senders. “I wouldn’t want to be those people,” he stated.
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Schroeder drew notice from the media on Wednesday when his ring tone was heard, interrupting the trial. The ring tone playing on his phone was Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” Schroeder then silenced his phone, and the trial resumed.
Rittenhouse, 18, is accused of fatally shooting two people and injuring a third during a night of violent clashes in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. Rittenhouse, who maintains the claim that he was
defending himself, has pleaded not guilty to seven charges, including two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, and two counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
The defense rested Thursday following a week of testimony from both sides. Closing arguments are expected to be heard on Monday, and the jury will begin deliberation later that same day.