Kyle Rittenhouse latest – SNL mocks verdict with Judge Jeanine parody as GoFundMe allows fundraising after acquittal

SATURDAY Night Live kicked off its show last night with a parody of the show, Justice With Jeanine, where the former prosecutor weighed in on the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.

The skit featured the trial Judge, Bruce Schroeder, where he referred to Rittenhouse as "my client."

Meanwhile, GoFundMe issued a statement following the teen's acquittal, saying that fundraisers for Rittenhouse are now permitted.

GoFundMe previously removed all fundraisers for the teen's defense.

The teen broke down in tears on Friday as he was cleared of five criminal charges after a dramatic trial.

Rittenhouse was seen smiling in exclusive pictures published by The Sun as he left in a car minutes after the verdict was announced.

He was accused of murdering Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber as well as injuring Gaige Grosskreutz after shooting them during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.

The teenager pleaded not guilty on all charges and claimed self-defense.

Read our Kyle Rittenhouse live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • Jennifer Korn

    KHLOE KARDASHIAN UNDER FIRE

    The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star commented on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.

    She tweeted that she was "speechless and disgusted" after the teen was found not guilty on all charges.

    However, fans jumped on the tweet and expressed their disappointment that Khloe spoke out about the ruling, but has yet to address the Astroworld tragedy that occurred earlier this month.

  • Jennifer Korn

    PROTESTS AFTER VERDICT

    Hundreds have already gathered in Chicago to protest the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.

    The demonstrations around the nation have reportedly been peaceful.

    Protestors have also gathered in New York City and Milwaukee.

  • Jennifer Korn

    SNL MOCKS JUDGE BRUCE SCHROEDER

    In the skit, called Jeanine Pirro Cold Open, cast member Mikey Day played Judge Bruce Schroeder.

    Schroeder referred to Kyle Rittenhouse as "my client" in the skit.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHO WAS JOSEPH ROSENBAUM?

    Joseph D Rosenbaum died after being shot in the head on August 25, 2020, during the heated Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Kenosha.

    Rosenbaum left behind his now 3-year-old daughter who lives in Waco, Texas.

    He was 36 years old when he died.

    During the demonstrations, Kyle Rittenhouse clashed with a crowd gathered near a car dealership and Rosenbaum, who did not have a firearm, threw an object that appeared to be a plastic bag at him and missed, according to a criminal complaint filed last year.

    Rosenbaum and Rittenhouse moved across the parking lot and appeared to be close to each other when loud bangs were suddenly heard and Rosenbaum fell to the ground, the complaint said.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHO IS GAIGE GROSSKREUTZ?

    Gaige Grosskreutz was the only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in 2020 during the protests in Kenosha.

    Taking the stand during the trial on November 8, 2021, Grosskreutz said he was armed with a pistol.

    But he said his hands were raised when he was shot by Rittenhouse on the evening of August 25, 2020.

    The 27-year-old Grosskreutz said: “I thought the defendant was an active shooter.”

    Asked what was going through his mind as he got closer to the 17-year-old Rittenhouse, he said: “That I was going to die.”

    Rittenhouse shot Grosskreutz in the arm, tearing away much of his bicep or vaporized it, as the witness put it.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHO WAS ANTHONY HUBER?

    Anthony Huber, 26, was taking part in the 2020 demonstrations in Kenosha along with his girlfriend Hannah Gittings.

    Gittings told CNN in an interview last year Huber had spotted an armed man in the crowd.

    “He pushed me out of the way and ran off. I tried to grab him,” Hannah Gittings said. She referred to what Huber had done as a “heroic thing.”

    She told CNN Anthony launched at the armed individual to protect her and other people nearby.

    According to the complaint, Huber appeared to reach for Rittenhouse’s gun with his hand while holding his skateboard in the other.

    As Huber tried to grab the gun, Rittenhouse pointed it at his body and fired one round, according to the complaint.

  • Jennifer Korn

    ANTHONY HUBER’S PARENTS FILED LAWSUIT AGAINST KENOSHA

    In August of 2021, Karen Bloom and John Huber filed a civil lawsuit against the city and county of Kenosha.

    According to a statement released by the family in August, the suit seeks “to hold the City of Kenosha Police Department and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department responsible for inviting armed militia members to patrol the streets, deputizing and conspiring with them to control peaceful civilians, and creating a dangerous and unsafe environment.”

    Following the verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial, Anthony’s family released another statement.

    “Make no mistake: our fight to hold those responsible for Anthony’s death accountable continues in full force,” his parents wrote.

    “Neither Mr. Rittenhouse nor the Kenosha police who authorized his bloody rampage will escape justice. Anthony will have his day in court.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT HAVE ANTHONY HUBER’S PARENTS SAID ABOUT THE VERDICT?

    Karen Bloom and John Huber are the parents of Anthony Huber, who was shot and killed by Kyle Rittenhouse.

    They released a statement following Rittenhouse’s acquittal on all charges.

    “We are heartbroken and angry that Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in his criminal trial for the murder of our son Anthony Huber. There was no justice today for Anthony, or for Mr. Rittenhouse’s other victims, Joseph Rosenbaum and Gaige Grosskreutz,” the statement reads.

    “We did not attend the trial because we could not bear to sit in a courtroom and repeatedly watch videos of our son’s murder, and because we have been subjected to many hurtful and nasty comments in the past year.

    “But we watched the trial closely, hoping it would bring us closure,” Anthony’s parents wrote.

    “That did not happen.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    KAMALA HARRIS SPEAKS OUT ON RITTENHOUSE VERDICT

    Vice President Harris tweeted: "Today’s verdict speaks for itself.

    "I've spent a majority of my career working to make our criminal justice system more equitable.

    "It’s clear, there’s still a lot more work to do."

  • Jennifer Korn

    RITTENHOUSE 'GLAD EVERYTHING WENT WELL'

    Speaking in a car after the verdict, Kyle Rittenhouse said: "The jury reached the correct verdict. Self-defense is not illegal.

    "I believe they came to the correct verdict and I'm glad everything went well.

    "It's been a rough journey but we made it through. We made it through the hard part."

  • Jennifer Korn

    WISCONSIN GOVERNOR: ‘NO RULING TODAY CHANGES OUR REALITY’

    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released a statement following the announcement of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.

    “No verdict will be able to bring back the lives of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, or heal Gaige Grosskreutz’s injuries, just as no verdict can heal the wounds or trauma experienced by Jacob Blake and his family,” Evers wrote.

    “No ruling today changes our reality in Wisconsin that we have work to do toward equity, accountability, and justice that communities across our state are demanding and deserve.”

    Governor Evers then called for peace, writing, “I echo the calls of local Kenosha community leaders and join them in asking everyone who might choose to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights in any community to please only do so safely and peacefully.

    “We must have peace in Kenosha and our communities, and any efforts or actions aimed at sowing division are unwelcome in our state as they will only hinder that healing.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: ‘MANY DREADED THE OUTCOME WE JUST WITNESSED’

    Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is Black and a Democratic candidate for US Senate, reacted bitterly to the outcome of the trial.

    “Over the last few weeks, many dreaded the outcome we just witnessed,” Barnes said. “The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is what we should expect from our judicial system, but that standard is not always applied equally.

    “We have seen so many black and brown youth killed, only to be put on trial posthumously, while the innocence of Kyle Rittenhouse was virtually demanded by the judge.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    DONALD TRUMP SPEAKS OUT ON RITTENHOUSE VERDICT

    Former President Donald Trump issued the following statement on Friday, November 19, 2021:

    "Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges.

    "It's called being found NOT GUILTY — And by the way, if that's not self defense, nothing is!"

  • Jennifer Korn

    RITTENHOUSE DEFENDED ACTIONS ON THE STAND

    Rittenhouse testified that he was under attack when he killed two men – Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber – and wounded a third – Gaige Grosskreutz – with his rifle during a night of protests in Kenosha last summer.

    The teen told the court: “I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself.”

    Rittenhouse testified that the first man cornered him and put his hand on the barrel of Rittenhouse’s rifle, the second man hit him with a skateboard, and the third man came at him with a gun of his own.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT HAPPENED IN THE KYLE RITTENHOUSE SHOOTING? (CONTINUED)

    Although it is unclear if Rittenhouse is a member of the Kenosha Guard Militia, a video surfaced online that showed Rittenhouse with members of the militia getting bottles of water from a law enforcement officer in an armored vehicle.

    Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth, who appeared at the same event, said deputies would toss water to anyone.

    “If someone came walking past, I don’t care if they’re a protester or who they are, they would pass water,” he said. 

    “We have cases. People have come to our command posts … We have pallets of water and Gatorade.”

    Another militia group called the boogaloo also attended the demonstrations in Kenosha.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT HAPPENED IN THE KYLE RITTENHOUSE SHOOTING?

    Rittenhouse was arrested by police in August 2020 and charged with first-degree murder for shooting two people.

    He allegedly fled Wisconsin for his home state following the shooting.

    It is unclear if Rittenhouse is a member of the Kenosha Guard Militia.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHO IS KYLE RITTENHOUSE'S FATHER?

    Kyle is the son of Michael "Mike" and Wendy Rittenhouse.

    While not much is known about Kyle's father, a profile in the New Yorker states that he was once a machine operator who struggled with alcohol and experimented with drugs.

    The media outlet also reported that when Kyle was 4 years old, his father was charged with domestic battery after allegedly punching Wendy in the stomach but he has since denied this and the charges were reportedly dismissed.

    During Kyle's trial, it was revealed that Mike now resides in Kenosha and is reportedly sober.

  • Jennifer Korn

    JUDGE'S COMMENTS SPARK OUTCRY

    Judge Bruce Schroeder's comments sparked outrage on social media on Wednesday.

    "Why hasn't there been some motion to remove him from this trial???" one person asked on Twitter.

    "What, the actual f**k?" someone else wrote.

  • Jennifer Korn

    JUDGE REFERS TO PAST JUROR AS 'A BLACK'

    The judge who oversaw Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial came under fire on Wednesday after he referred to a juror in a previous case he presided over as "a Black."

    Judge Bruce Schroeder explained his choice to allow Rittenhouse to pick the names of the six jurors who would not be joining the final jury of 12 out of a tumbler by saying he started the process after "bad optics" in a previous case.

    He said a clerk chose “a Black, the Black, the only Black” in the jury pool to be removed in that instance.

    “There were 13 jurors, one of whom was Black. And when the clerk, the government official, drew the name out of the tumbler, it was a Black, the Black, the only Black," he said during his lengthy explanation, according to The Independent.

    "There was nothing wrong with it, it was all OK, but what do they talk about – optics, nowadays … That was a bad optic, I thought,” he said.

    “I think people feel better when they have control, so ever since that case I’ve had an almost universal policy of having the defendant do the picks.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    WAS MSNBC BANNED FROM RITTENHOUSE TRIAL? CONTINUED

    Schroeder said, "I have instructed that no one from MSNBC News will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial."

    “This is a very serious matter, and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is, but absolutely it would go without much thinking that someone who is following a jury bus, that is an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action.”

  • Jennifer Korn

    WAS MSNBC BANNED FROM RITTENHOUSE TRIAL?

    Judge Schroeder banned MSNBC from the courtroom on November 18, after a freelancer for the news outlet was pulled over for a traffic violation.

    The freelancer, who Schroeder said identified himself as James J. Morrison, was pulled over for running a traffic light and he told police he was following the bus of jurors at the request of his supervisor.

    Contacting and taking photos of the jurors is prohibited, but Kenosha police said no photos were taken.

    Morrison said he hadn’t intended to contact the jurors or take photos, but Schroeder told MSNBC they would not be permitted inside the courtroom for the remainder of the trial, which concluded on Friday, after Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty by the jury.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHO IS JUDGE BRUCE SCHROEDER?

    Schroeder, 75, Kenosha County Circuit Court judge in Wisconsin and is overseeing the Rittenhouse case.

    He is a 1970 graduate of Marquette University and first joined the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office in 1971 as an assistant district attorney.

    Prior to returning to the Kenosha County Circuit Court in 1983, Schroeder worked in private practice.

    Throughout the course of his career, he earned the reputation of a “no-nonsense judge,” and is known as the longest-serving circuit court judge in the state, who often gives out tough sentences.

    In October 2021, he made national headlines after he told attorneys in the Rittenhouse case that they could not refer to the men he is accused of shooting, as victims.

  • Jennifer Korn

    KENOSHA SCHOOLS MOVED TO REMOTE LEARNING AHEAD OF VERDICT

    Students at five schools near the Kenosha County courthouse were switched to remote learning as “activity surrounding the courthouse continues to grow,” the Kenosha Unified School District announced in a statement to families on Wednesday.

    “While we have not been advised of any existing imminent danger, we feel this is the best course of action to protect our students and staff during an uncertain time," the letter to families said, according to CNN.

    "We will continue to work closely with law enforcement to receive support as needed in the days and weeks ahead."

    Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty by the jury on Friday.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF JURY DELIBERATION TIMES? (CONTINUED)

    In one infamous murder case, the trial of Casey Anthony, the jurors took a total of ten hours to reach their conclusion in finding her not guilty of felony charges.

    Derek Chauvin, a former police officer who was convicted of murder, also faced a jury deliberation of ten hours.

    One of the longest jury deliberations in history took place in 2003 and lasted for 55 days. Jurors in Oakland, California faced the task of determining the fate of three police officers accused of assaulting and falsely arresting residents.

  • Jennifer Korn

    WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF JURY DELIBERATION TIMES?

    In the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, many were left wondering how long it would take to find out whether he was named innocent or guilty.

    While there was no way to determine an exact amount of time, there have been some interesting details in this case.

    For one, Judge Bruce Schroeder allowed Rittenhouse to hand-draw the numbered slips of paper to determine the jury deliberators himself. This task is typically done by a courtroom clerk, not the defendant.

    The 12-member jury began their deliberation on Tuesday, November 16, following the closing arguments giving on the previous Monday.

    On Friday, the jury found him not guilty.

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