Critics of Judge Bruce Schroeder came absolutely unglued over his honoring and applauding military veterans in his courtroom on Veterans Day during the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and accused him of blatant bias.
The judge was lambasted for recognizing veterans because there was reportedly only one in the courtroom, which the judge could not have known at the time. When Schroeder asked if there were any veterans in the room, John Black, the defense’s use-of-force expert, identified himself as an Army veteran, according to the Associated Press. This elicited howls from the left claiming the judge was favoring the defense which was obviously not the case.
“I wanted to just observe that it’s Veterans Day, and, uh, any veterans in the room on the jury or anywhere else?” the judge asked.
“Well, that’s unusual not to have somebody in here,” Schroeder asserted. “Well, Dr. Black is — what branch?”
“Army, sir,” Black said.
“I think we give a round of applause to the people who’ve served our country,” Schroeder proclaimed which was followed by clapping from those in attendance, including the jurors.
(Video Credit: TMZ)
Critics were quick to pounce and claim bias even though it was Veterans Day and applauding those who served their country is a commonplace occurrence across the nation. The media was completely triggered by the judge’s gesture and spun his actions as favoring the defense.
“As a former state & federal prosecutor, & defense attorney, I’m horrified at Schroeder’s untethered bias and unprofessionalism,” Michael J. Stern, who is an opinion columnist for USA Today, tweeted.
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, who is a reporter at The New York Times, tweeted, “At the Kyle Rittenhouse trial this morning, the judge asked, given that it’s Veterans Day, if there were any veterans in the room. The only one appeared to be Rittenhouse’s next witness, a use of force expert. So the judge asked everyone in the court to applaud for veterans.”
At the Kyle Rittenhouse trial this morning, the judge asked, given that it's Veterans Day, if there were any veterans in the room.
The only one appeared to be Rittenhouse's next witness, a use of force expert. So the judge asked everyone in the court to applaud for veterans. pic.twitter.com/LmjAuu5Vzj
— Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (@NickAtNews) November 11, 2021
AP Legal Affairs writer Michael Tarm tweeted, “#Rittenhouse jurors gave the first defense witness Thursday a round of applause. They did after Judge Schroeder asked if anyone in court had served in the military. When John Black said from the stand he had, the judge called for the applause in recognition of Veterans Day.”
#Rittenhouse jurors gave the first defense witness Thursday a round of applause. They did after Judge Schroeder asked if anyone in court had served in the military. When John Black said from the stand he had, the judge called for the applause in recognition of Veterans Day.
— Michael Tarm (@mtarm) November 11, 2021
The AP also noted that the judge is patriotic in nature and has given a nod to veterans before, “Schroeder, who wore a tie Thursday emblazoned with American flags and whose phone ringtone heard in court was the Lee Greenwood ode to patriotism ‘God Bless the U.S.A.,’ has singled out veterans before. He called for a round of applause for veterans last week during jury selection, when he compared the solemnity of jury duty to the seriousness of being drafted. He also thanked the Marines during Wednesday’s court session, and when an officer in the courtroom said he was a Marine, Schroeder called for more applause.”
Steven Wright, who is a law professor at the University of Wisconsin, posited that the applause for Black could have an unfair impact on the jury, possibly swaying them to regard his testimony more favorably, according to the AP.
At least two other veterans have testified during the trial. Jason Lackowski and Ryan Balch belonged to the same group that was with Rittenhouse on the night of the shootings.
The trial is now winding down. Closing arguments are set to begin on Monday and then jury deliberations will commence.
While the left gnashed their teeth over the judge’s recognition of Veterans Day, conservatives loved it:
Judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial opens the day by giving all the veterans in the courtroom a round of applause to honor their service on Veterans Day.
Pretty cool moment.
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) November 11, 2021
Judge Schroeder has restored my faith in the system.
— Chad West (@Chad_WestReal) November 11, 2021
Forcing the ANTIFA supporting Asst Attorney to participate ? pic.twitter.com/MmSvEX1Qd5
— Mariah (@Mariah285841) November 11, 2021
Uh oh too pro American. Cue the whiny liberals and commies
— UnapologeticTruth100 (@UTruth100) November 11, 2021
Judge Schroeder in the Rittenhouse case is recognizing the veterans in the courtroom. He calls for a round of applause support of the vets. #VeteransDay 🇺🇸
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) November 11, 2021
I know. Honoring veterans on veterans day. The horror.
— Jon (@JonsBrian) November 11, 2021
All they did was clap for veterans on Veterans Day. The judge was actually surprised that there was only one veteran in the courtroom. He happened to be the defense’s witness. Totally inconsequential.
— Richard (@gratefulphan77) November 12, 2021
He asked all veterans in the courtroom to stand for recognition. How was he supposed to know the only one would be that witness? C’mon.
— Donette DeWitt 🐾💜 (@Barkerbunch_4) November 12, 2021
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