Fingers on the scale — Rittenhouse prosecutors ask that men shot not be described as ‘looters’ or ‘rioters’ during trial

If the truth will set you free, the truth must die.

Kyle Rittenhouse is scheduled to make another Wisconsin court appearance Monday, as a judge weighs whether to allow a self-defense expert to testify and Kenosha prosecutors are expected to ask the court to ban the three men shot from being called “looters” or “rioters” during the upcoming trial.

Monday’s hearing is likely the last to happen before jury selection is slated to begin on Nov. 1.

Rittenhouse, then 17 and living in Antioch, Ill., is accused of killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during chaotic demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisc., on Aug. 25, 2020, two days after police shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, while responding to a domestic disturbance. Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to homicide and other charges, arguing he fired in self-defense.

In an 11th hour request, prosecutors put forward a motion to bar the defense from describing the men Rittenhouse shot as “rioters, looters, arsonists or any other pejorative terms,” instead insisting that the three be referred to by their last names during the trial, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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