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Gaige Grosskreutz’s bizarre testimony handed Kyle Rittenhouse team the win: Expert

'He essentially on cross-examination conceded self-defense,' said ex-US Attorney Joyce Vance about Gaige Grosskreutz's testimony
UPDATED NOV 20, 2021
Gaige Grosskreutz was also allegedly shot by Kyle Rittenhouse but he survived (Getty Images/  Mark Hertzberg-Pool)
Gaige Grosskreutz was also allegedly shot by Kyle Rittenhouse but he survived (Getty Images/ Mark Hertzberg-Pool)

A legal expert commenting on the "not guilty" verdict of Kyle Rittenhouse said one of his survivors’ testimony helped him win the case. Former US Attorney Joyce Vance made an appearance on MSNBC soon after the teenager was freed of all charges for the August 2020 incident.

The charges he was facing were — first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, and use of a dangerous weapon. He was accused of killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Anthony Huber, 26, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, after protests began in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25, 2020.


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According to Vance, the case turned against the prosecutor in court soon after Grosskreutz’s statement before the jury. Speaking with the host Chuck Todd, she said: “The prosecution's real problems began when one of their key witnesses, the victim who survived, took the witness stand, and he essentially on cross-examination conceded self-defense. He talked about the fact that there was a gun in his hand. The prosecution tried to argue their way out of that situation, but I think the die was cast in a significant way at that point.”

MSNBC’s Joy Reid also expressed her disappointment over the November 19 verdict and said, “Gun laws helped to enhance the design to allow this verdict to happen today. This country was built on the idea that White men had a particular kind of freedom and a particular kind of citizenship that only they have that gives, you know, from the slave catchers on, the right to inflict violence in the name of protecting property. That's like the foundational creation of the United States.”

She added, “What we need to worry about is we have nothing in place legally. We have nothing in place culturally or socially to stop the next group of White nationalists, Proud Boys MAGA people, whoever they want to take from this burden what they want, and to use it as permission to attack Black Lives Matter.”

But Reid was slammed online as a critic tweeted, “I don’t think anybody’s listening to her or MSNBC anymore. We’re tired of this race card they keep playing. This was white on white. Oh, but to them everything‘s racist. You should never be able to debate or have an opinion unless it’s there opinion.” “Wtf she say? BLM protests? This was white on white,” another one added.