Kenosha prosecutor James Kraus (D), who has recently been appointed to prosecute the Rittenhouse case along with T. Claire Binger, filed the State’s witness list last week on Friday. There were 175 names on the list, but at least one person was listed twice. A lot of these people won’t testify at trial, but Kenosha prosecutors err on the side of caution after Kraus’s wife, another prosecutor, once refused to file such a list after being ordered to twice. This grave mistake resulted in a woman who was accused of permanently causing brain damage to a baby while shaking him violently to go free with no charges. Among the witnesses:
(43) Kenosha Police Officers
(14) Police Officers from other nearby departments
(6) FBI Special Agents
(3) Employees from the Kenosha Medical Examiner’s Office
(1) Physician from Milwaukee Medical Examiner’s office
(2) ATF Agents
(2) Kenosha Fire Department Employees
(2) State Crime Lab Employees
More than 100 other witnesses are on the below list.
The other Kenosha prosecutor on the Rittenhouse case, T. Clair Binger (D), filed a motion last week asking the judge to prevent a self-defense expert from testifying in the trial. Dr. John R. Black is a use-of-force expert and expert in self-defense. In Binger’s 4-page motion, he tells the Judge that “the jury is perfectly capable of understanding and evaluating the defendant’s self-defense claim without the testimony of Mr. Black.” He refers to Dr. Black as “Mr. Black” in the document. Binger calls self-defense “common sense” and says the jury doesn’t need an expert to tell them what it is. A source close to the Kenosha legal community told us that this is a 1-in-a-million “Hail Mary” move that will likely fail. “Binger doesn’t want an expert to tell the jury about self-defense. He will lose either way, but with this expert it won’t even be close”, he told the KCE. Judge Schroeder hasn’t ruled on many of the motions in this case and he usually waits until trial to do so. Rittenhouse will be in court next week.