Kyle Rittenhouse's body language: Arrogant and bordering on sociopathic, says expert
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Criminologist Casey Jordan recently reacted to Kyle Rittenhouse's testimony on Wednesday, November 10, claiming that the 18-year-old defendant displayed 'sociopathic' tendencies. Jordan spoke about the case during a break in the testimony of Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two men and wounding a third during the Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jacob S Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot and seriously injured by police officer Rusten Sheskey on October 23, 2020, triggering widespread protests.
Jordan said that Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger has been "dogged" in his cross-examination of Kyle Rittenhouse. "And really what he's trying to do is say, you put yourself into a position where this give-and-take -- and that's why we're in court -- resulted in the loss of life," she said. "And to Mr. Rittenhouse's credit, he is approaching this, he is saying all the words correctly. He has been very well prepared. He's probably what we call autodidactic. He's taught himself everything he needs to say about the criminal law to fit his needs."
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"But his demeanor is going to be his worst enemy," Jordan said. "He is coming across as so confidant, so arrogant, so unapologetic to almost be -- I would argue -- bordering on a sociopathic personality. He just believes what he did was right and he believes the court should agree with him as well." "And I don't know if that's going to come back to bite him. It's his demeanor, not his words that are going to get him in trouble," she added.
Rittenhouse is on trial for the shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and Grosskreutz during the Kenosha protests in 2020. Support for Rittenhouse has been strong, with people even selling merchandise to help him fund his legal fight. He's also been widely criticized after he was caught wearing a 'Free as f--k' shirt after being released on bail. In many ways, Rittenhouse has become the poster boy for America's divisive politics, which has only gotten more fire since his trial.
Judge Bruce Schroeder has ruled it will be live-streamed on TV for its entire duration, which is expected to last at least two weeks. Over the past few days, the prosecution has been calling up witnesses to testify about the events of the day. Some of those who have testified so far include Kenosha police detective Ben Antaramian, the lead detective in the case, and officer Jason Krueger, whose squad car Rittenhouse approached shortly after the shooting.