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Before Rittenhouse’s trial, race seen as underlying problem

Kyle Rittenhouse, the would-be police officer who shot dead three people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a summer 2020 protest against racism and police brutality, is white. Those he shot too. But for many, his murder trial next week will be closely watched as the last referendum on race and the US legal system. The protest where the gunshots took place was sparked by the case of Jacob Blake, a black man who was shot in the back by a white policeman from Kenosha.


Man who gave drugs to inmate sentenced to 12 years in prison

MANITOWOC, Wisconsin (AP) – A man who smuggled heroin into Manitowoc County Jail and gave it to an inmate who overdosed has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Jerid Hanson was also placed under extended supervision for 12 years during sentencing this week in Manitowoc County. Hanson, 33, had previously pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter under a deal with prosecutors. Six other charges against him were dismissed. A criminal complaint says Hanson hid heroin containing fentanyl in his body before taking him to jail in September 2020. Hanson admitted to giving some of the drugs to Justin Hall, who then overdosed.


Key events in Wisconsin surrounding the Rittenhouse shooting

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was 17 when he shot three people, killing two of them, during an August 2020 protest against the brutality policewomen in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He faces several charges, including that of homicide. He claimed he fired in self-defense. Protesters were protesting after a white policeman shot a black man, Jacob Blake, in the back as he responded to a domestic disturbance. Rittenhouse, of nearby Antioch, Ill., Was among a number of people who responded to calls on social media to take up arms and travel to Kenosha to protect property and businesses from the damage caused by protesters.


Harsh judge among key players in Kyle Rittenhouse trial

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, an 18-year-old Illinois man accused of killing two people and injuring a third during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Prosecutors say Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injured Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse faces multiple charges, including two counts of homicide. The judge in the case, Bruce Schroeder, is known for his harsh sentences. The chief prosecutor, lawyer Thomas Binger, is considered a “competent” lawyer and a “hard worker.” Lawyer Mark Richards is the head of the defense. The trial is expected to last two or three weeks.


Favre and Mississippi auditor quarrel over welfare contract

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) – Retired NFL player Brett Favre and Mississippi listener Shad White argue over the listener saying Favre did not give a speech after being paid on welfare. Friday’s Twitter dispute came days after Favre paid the state $ 600,000 back. This is the last part of the $ 1.1 million the auditor said Favre received. The auditor says Favre still owes $ 228,000 in interest and the state could sue if it isn’t paid. Favre says he would never knowingly take money from the needy, but he bristles at the listener saying he did not show up for the speeches. White says Favre’s contract required speeches, and those did not happen.


Wisconsin Sheriff Calls for Inquiry into Nursing Home Voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Racine County Sheriff accuses the Wisconsin Election Commission of breaking the law by telling local election officials not to send poll workers to nursing homes to help residents vote last year. Sheriff Christopher Schmaling on Thursday called on the Wisconsin Justice Department to launch a statewide investigation. Schmaling, a Republican who was first elected sheriff in 2010 and backed Trump in 2020, said the Justice Department has already rejected his request once. A spokeswoman for the department did not immediately return a message asking for comment. A non-partisan election audit released last week found that the election commission broke the law when it barred election officials from visiting nursing homes.


Legal experts see strong self-defense claim for Rittenhouse

When Kyle Rittenhouse goes to trial on Monday for shooting three men during street protests in Wisconsin last summer, the case could be how Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim compares to prosecutors’ argument according to which he acted recklessly and dangerously while being in the streets of Kenosha with a gun. This is according to legal experts who reviewed the evidence in the case. Rittenhouse was among a number of people who responded to calls on social media to travel to Kenosha with guns last August to stop the damaging protests. These came about after a white policeman shot Jacob Blake, a black man in the back.


The death of an ambulance patient investigated in Wausau

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) – Wausau Police are investigating whether a patient found dead after being transported in an ambulance involved in a traffic accident has died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash or from the condition that required emergency care. Authorities say the ambulance, while operating in emergency mode, collided with a vehicle at an intersection in Wausau around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Riverside Fire District ambulance was transporting a 72-year-old man to Aspirus Wausau Hospital when the accident occurred. An unknown number of other people in the vehicle and in the ambulance were injured. Their terms were not disclosed.

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