Wednesday, November 17, 2021

More On Rittenhouse Trial


    Prosecutors in the Kenosha shooter trial withheld evidence from the defense that was 'at the center of their case,' only sharing the high-definition drone video footage on which they have hung their prosecution after the trial had concluded, can reveal.

    Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger played the enhanced drone footage to the jury during his closing statements and claimed that it showed Rittenhouse 'pointing his gun' at people – an assertion that opened the door to the state claiming Rittenhouse provoked the violence of the night of August 25, 2020.

    Now, in the motion obtained by, Rittenhouse's defense insist that the state only shared it with the defense after evidence had closed on Saturday November 13.

This isn't the only grounds for a mistrial: "They had already raised the issue of 'prosecutorial misconduct' and 'over-reach' for Binger's behavior when he 'violated' Rittenhouse's constitutional right to remain silent by suggesting that he had done so that he could 'tailor' his story to fit the facts as they emerged during trial."

The enduring mystery of the Kyle Rittenhouse criminal trial, which went to a jury Tuesday, has been the identity of "Jump Kick Man." As Rittenhouse ran away from a crowd of people, he testified that one of the pursuers hit him in the head with his skateboard. When Rittenhouse fell to the ground, Jump Kick Man flew through the air and stomped on his head. Rittenhouse fired two shots at Jump Kick Man, but missed.

The identity of "Jump Kick Man" supposedly remained unknown through the trial. But, as it turned out, the prosecution likely knew his identity:

"The Dan O'Donnell Show" is not naming Jump Kick Man, as he has not been criminally charged in connection with the Rittenhouse case. Sources indicate that he contacted prosecutors and offered to testify, but in exchange requested immunity from an ongoing drunk driving and domestic abuse case with which he was charged in June. Prosecutors declined his offer and chose not to call him as a witness in the Rittenhouse case. 

    The reason for not calling him is probably because Jump Kick Man--since identified as Maurice James Freeland, a 40-year old black resident of Kenosha--has an extensive criminal history. The article notes that Freeland "was at the time of the Rittenhouse shootings on probation following a conviction for domestic violence battery." He later violated his probation and served 7 months in jail. The article adds that Freeland "has a criminal record that dates back more than two decades, with multiple felony convictions for car theft, ID theft, drug possession, and escaping custody."

    His earliest conviction listed in the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access online database is for felony escape, meaning that he had already been in custody or convicted of a crime and in the penal system. That offense is not listed in the database, but he was sentenced to two years in prison and five years of extended supervision on the escape charge.

    Upon his release--and while he was on extended supervision--he was convicted of possession of THC and sentenced to five days in jail in 2003. After another THC possession conviction got him one year of probation in 2007, he violated the terms of that probation when he was arrested on multiple counts of felony identity theft in early 2008.

    Amazingly, he reached a plea deal that allowed him to avoid prison time and was sentenced to just three years' probation. Less than four months later, he escaped arrest in a separate incident and was sentenced to a year in jail. Almost as soon as he was released, he was convicted of car theft and again sentenced to probation.

    That arrest apparently violated the terms of his probation from the identity theft conviction. As a result, Jump Kick Man was sentenced to two years in prison and two years of extended supervision.

    In 2013, he was convicted of both drug possession and obstructing an officer as a repeat offender and sentenced to six months in jail.

    Three years later, though, he was charged as a repeat offender with domestic violence-related disorderly conduct but avoided jail time and got two years' probation. Unsurprisingly, in 2018 he violated the terms of that probation and was sentenced to 120 days in jail.

    At this point, Jump Kick Man had been sentenced to probation in three different cases and violated the terms of that probation every single time. Still, a judge last June sentenced him to probation yet again...and yet again he violated the terms of that probation earlier this year.  

It's not clear if Freeland's identity had been given to the Defense since he was referred to as "Jump Kick Man" all of the way through the trial.

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