Law professor Jonathan Turley just explained the only reason Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand

Many Kyle Rittenhouse fans were shocked and a little scared when he took the stand today in his own defense. The sentiment among many Kyle supporters was that the defense had done a great job defending Kyle and proving that his actions were self-defense, and also that the prosecution duo had made a mess from the start. So many people were anxious when Kyle took the stand, fearing that the jury might use it against him later. Personally, I was nervous for him, because he’s just a little boy, but I understood from an innocent person’s perspective why he did it.


And when he took the stand, he burst into tears:

Emotions aside, though, we now have a real “legal reason” that Kyle and his defense team did what they did, and it comes from law professor Jonathan Turley.

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Explain why Kyle and his defense team decided to put him on the stand to testify in his own defense.

This is what Professor Turley explained. Kyle is seeking an acquittal, not a “hung jury” and so he was placed on the stand.

Kyle Rittenhouse just collapsed on the stand. The defense has done a great job live. Defense attorneys often do not want to risk such testimony. However, this is clearly a strategy to acquit not just a hung jury …

… The prosecution witnesses imploded earlier. It would have been tempting to minimize the risk and not put Rittenhouse on the stand. However, such a move could leave lingering doubts in juries if he wishes to obtain an acquittal …

… As a criminal defense attorney, I have criticized the tendency to repress defendants in high-profile cases.

… There is a risk here particularly with a defendant who has just broken up live. However, there are risks of not taking the stand.


I think Kyle did the right thing. I think one hundred percent this is a case of self-defense.

We can argue all day whether it was a good idea or a bad idea for him to be there; that’s not what this trial is about.


What happened when he was there appears to be a clear self-defense case, and because this case is so high-profile, and Kyle has been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, it was important to humanize him to the jury and remind them that he is just a child who found himself in a very dangerous situation with violent people.

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