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Jan. 6 rioter who carried spear, wore horns, draws 41 months

Jacob Chansley, the spear-carrying Jan. 6 rioter whose horned fur hat, bare chest and face paint made him one of the more recognizable figures in the assault on the Capitol, was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison. Chansley, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding, was among the first

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Rittenhouse lawyers ask judge to declare mistrial over video

Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorneys asked the judge to declare a mistrial even as the jury in the murder case was deliberating Wednesday, saying the defense received an inferior copy of a potentially crucial video from prosecutors. Judge Bruce Schroeder did not immediately rule on the request, the second mistrial motion from the defense in a week.

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Prosecutor: Rittenhouse provoked the bloodshed in Kenosha

Kyle Rittenhouse provoked bloodshed on the streets of Kenosha by bringing a semi-automatic rifle to a protest and menacing others, and when the shooting stopped, he walked off like a “hero in a Western,” a prosecutor said in closing arguments Monday at Rittenhouse’s murder trial. But Rittenhouse’s lawyer countered that the shooting started after the

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The Rittenhouse Defense Rests

The defense in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial rested on Thursday, November 11. Just a few witnesses testified after Wednesday’s dramatic day in court when the defendant took the stand. Dr. John Black, a use-of-force expert, analyzed audio-visual evidence to give the jury an idea of how much time Mr. Rittenhouse had to make decisions on

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EXPLAINER: Could jury weigh lesser charges for Rittenhouse?

Prosecutors in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial could ask the jury to consider lesser charges when it gets the case, a move that could secure a conviction for some crime but take a possible life sentence off the table. Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger has struggled to counter Rittenhouse’s self-defense arguments during the Illinois

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Rittenhouse: ‘I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself’

Kyle Rittenhouse testified Wednesday he was under attack when he killed two men and wounded a third with his rifle during a chaotic night of protests in Kenosha, saying: “I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself.” In a high-stakes gamble, the 18-year-old took the stand at his murder trial to tell his side of

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