Kyle Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he shot and killed a convicted pedophile and convicted woman-beater during the Kenosha Riots of 2020. He also shot and hurt a career criminal on the evening of August 25, 2020. All three of these men were apparently attempting to harm Rittenhouse according to multiple videos we’ve all seen. Kenosha’s DA, Michael Graveley (D) made the decision to charge Rittenhouse with a large plethora of felonies. Usually Graveley takes high profile cases, but in this case, he didn’t want to. Most of the legal community believes that the State will be unable to obtain a conviction against Rittenhouse. Instead of a possible “L” Graveley tasked two of his most liberal prosecutors to prosecute Rittenhouse – Jason Zapf, son of the embattled former Kenosha DA, Robert Zapf and T. Clair Binger, a Racine man who unsuccessfully ran for Racine DA and was involved in at least one physical domestic disturbance with a girlfriend.
Zapf is a long-time prosecutor here in Kenosha. He recently asked Governor Tony Evers to appoint him to branch 1 as a circuit court Judge, but he instead appointed Larissa Benitez-Morgan who recently lost her first election. Recently multiple sources told us some news about this duo. Assistant DA Zapf announced he is resigning soon but he won’t tell us why. We reached out to Zapf and he didn’t wish to comment about why he was quitting and where he might work next.
T. Clair Binger
We were also tipped off that T. Clair Binger has been living, at least in small lengths at a time, with one of his best friends, Kenosha Judge Chad Kerkman (D). We aren’t able to tell you if they are still living together or for how long. We reached T. Clair by email and during a fiery exchange, he refused to answer our questions about his living arrangements, instead calling this publication cowardly. We also reached out to Judge Kerkman who didn’t wish to comment. Kerkman was recently elected for another 6 years.
Other Prosecutors Leave Kenosha DA
A long time-prosecutor, Emily Trigg (D) recently left the Kenosha DA’s office for the Milwaukee DA’s office. Yet another long-time prosecutor, Margaret Drees (D) has decided to resign and will be following Trigg to Milwaukee. Believe it or not, neither replied to our requests for comment.
The reason for the mass-exodus of prosecutors that work for Graveley is unknown, but some are speculating.
What does this mean for Kyle? Its assumed that the embattled Graveley will appoint another prosecutor in the office to take Zapf’s place. It also doesn’t look good that a prosecutor in the Kenosha DA’s office is very chummy with a Kenosha Circuit Court Judge. It may not be a legal conflict, but it does look bad to many folks.
Opinion: The Kenosha DA’s office is bleeding prosecutors. Are they sick and tired of their boss, Mike Graveley who plays politics with his mighty powers he wields so recklessly? As for a prosecutor living with a sitting Judge in the same jurisdiction? That’s got “conflict of interest” written all over it. This shouldn’t happen. If they had a good reason for this, they had their chance to tell us. They didn’t. We also reached out to Graveley to see if he was OK with this living situation. As you guessed, he didn’t want to answer. We will end with this power saying below: