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Kyle Rittenhouse trial and closing arguments: Live updates – CNN


Defense attorney Mark Richards praised Kyle Rittenhouse’s lengthy testimony before the jury last week, saying the prosecution had not managed to damage his client’s credibility.

“Could Mr. Binger pick on him and find little things about it? A little bit,” said Richards, referring to lead prosecutor in the case against 18-year-old Rittenhouse, Thomas Binger. “A little bit.”

“Did he damage his credibility?” continued Richards. “I don’t think so.”

Richards went on to say Rittenhouse had made the decision to testify in his own defense — a move often considered risky in criminal trials, because he wanted the jury to hear his perspective of what happened that night.

“Kyle Rittenhouse did not have the take the witness stand to tell his story,” said Richards. “It was told through video. He wanted you, as the jurors, to hear his personal experience of the night of the 25th.”

“He knew Mr. Binger would cross examine him for hours, and he was willing to get up on that witness stand, take the oath, and tell his story the best way he could, and he did,” Richards added.

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