The Judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse Case Just Did Something That Will Likely Make You Want to Cheer


Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder removed a juror from the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse on Thursday after the juror reportedly made a joke the previous day to a courtroom deputy about the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

The juror did not wish to repeat the joke on Thursday.

However, prosecutor Thomas Binger told Schroeder, “It was my understanding it was something along the lines of, ‘Why did the Kenosha police shoot Jacob Blake seven times?’ Because they ran out of bullets.”

“You began to tell a joke about the shooting of Jacob Blake,” Schroeder said to the juror.

“I think the best thing, under the circumstances, is I’m going to dismiss you from the jury,” the judge continued.

Investigators Find Cause of Fatal Roller Coaster Derailment: 'We Will Make Sure Something Like This Will Never Happen Again'

The juror responded, stating that it was his feeling that the joke he made on Wednesday did not have anything to do with Rittenhouse’s case.

Schroeder maintained his position that the joke was made in “bad judgment” and that he wanted to keep public confidence in the trial.

Schroeder also mentioned that the juror’s joke made clear the appearance of bias, which could “undermine” the case’s outcome.

Rittenhouse’s trial began on Tuesday.

Was the judge right to dismiss the juror?

He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of homicide, one attempted homicide, two counts of reckless endangerment for shooting his weapon while around other people and the dangerous possession of a weapon by a minor.

Blake was shot seven times during a confrontation with police officers in Kenosha on Aug. 23, 2020, with the encounter leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

At the time, police were following a warrant for Blake’s arrest for an alleged felony sexual assault, although the charges would later be dropped as part of a deal — with Blake pleading guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct.

Following Blake’s shooting, civil unrest in Kenosha led to then 17-year-old Rittenhouse traveling to the city.

While in Kenosha, Rittenhouse would allegedly shoot three people, killing two on the night of Aug. 25, 2020. 

Murder Conviction Tossed Out After 43 Years: 'The System Failed Her at Every Opportunity'

“So people are getting injured, and our job is to protect this business, and a part of my job is to also help people,” Rittenhouse told the Daily Caller at the time, prior to the shooting.

“If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself, obviously. But I also have my med kit.”

Content created by the Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of the DCNF’s original content, please contact

A version of this article appeared on the Daily Caller News Foundation website.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , , ,
Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 25-year veteran of print and broadcast media, and Neil Patel, former chief policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, The Daily Caller News Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing original investigative reporting from a team of professional reporters that operates for the public benefit. Photo credit: @DailyCaller on Twitter