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Thousands of instances a day undergo our nation’s court docket methods, however most don’t seize the headlines or scrutiny of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.  The energy and prejudice this prosecution is wielding ought to fear anybody who advocates for the honest administration of the rule of regulation.

As skilled prosecutors who’ve dealt with excessive profile felony instances and made tough charging choices, we leverage our a long time of expertise towards advancing reforms that translate to systemic help for the rule of regulation.


We don’t usually interact with the most recent case the media has chosen to circus. The probing and insightful Twitter evaluation is greatest left to the good and famend authorized minds of our technology—LeBron James, Alyssa Milano and John Legend.  Or higher, the ideas of tenured regulation professors in maze-like college buildings who hold forth courtroom information from the security of a quiet nook workplace.

The Rittenhouse case is completely different.

Like a lot of America, during the last couple days we have now watched the Rittenhouse prosecutor exhibit the angle that guidelines and the choose’s rulings don’t matter. 

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Rather than apply the regulation to the info, the prosecutor has exercised discretion in order to mirror his personal self-righteousness, so the ends justify the means. The choose on this case has been criticized by the left and the media for the audacity of not rolling over. Instead, he has fiercely guarded the integrity of the proceedings, the rights of the defendant, and commonly checked the unabashed overreach by the prosecution.  

For this motive, the Rittenhouse case is a cautionary tale for conservative legislatures, the place debates are waged round whether or not to infuse prosecutors with extra energy over the end result of a felony case, whereas decreasing the affect of the choose.  

The Rittenhouse case has put Americans on discover of some very harmful methods through which the scales of justice will be perverted.  Prosecutors with agendas and woke activists will sacrifice justice to serve their very own ends.

Proponents name it fact in sentencing. The end result is the tipping of the state’s felony justice stability of energy in favor of prosecutors, who, let’s not overlook—are partial actors on this system.  


What is occurring in Kenosha ought to give lawmakers pause earlier than selecting this course. The proof introduced within the case by each the prosecution and the protection clearly helps Kyle Rittenhouse’s competition that he acted in self-defense as he tried to protect property threatened by rioters.

Video proof exhibits people chasing, attacking, and threatening a seventeen-year-old Rittenhouse along with his life, with not less than one pointing a gun at him earlier than he fired, and one other attempting to take his personal gun from him whereas shouting that he was going to kill Rittenhouse.  Yet, the prosecution has pursued six felony fees towards him, together with First Degree Reckless Homicide and a number of weapons fees.  

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Prosecutors assessment the info, resolve fees and decide how the case will resolve. If infused with the unmitigated means to affect the end result by a obligatory minimal sentence, the prosecutor additionally determines the defendant’s sentencing destiny.  

Simply put, prosecutors are essentially the most highly effective actor inside the felony justice system, and because the Eighties, their energy has solely grown.  Luckily for Rittenhouse, Wisconsin has preserved the authority of the choose in a felony case.

Another subject this case has introduced into focus is the abject hypocrisy of wokeness. These woke felony justice reformers declare to advocate for defending the rights of a defendant however have lamented over what they understand because the “pro defense” choose within the Rittenhouse case. 

The Rittenhouse case has put Americans on discover of some very harmful methods through which the scales of justice will be perverted.  Prosecutors with agendas and woke activists will sacrifice justice to serve their very own ends.

Let’s be grateful for a choose keen to safeguard justice from abuse of energy or bias.  Americans should demand that extra judges have the power to verify that energy . . . now again to Kenosha.

Kurt Altman is Prosecutorial Reform Director and the Arizona State Director for Right on Crime.

Authors’ observe: Right on Crime helps conservative options for decreasing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders, and reducing taxpayer prices as a nationwide marketing campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.