Photos Of ‘Unusual Proximity’ Between Rittenhouse And Judge Spark Commentary: ‘Tells You Everything You Need To Know’

During the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse last week, Judge Bruce Schroeder was photographed positioning himself closely next to the defendant while looking at evidence on a screen together.

The photos of the two in close proximity, however, sparked commentary online, given that Rittenhouse is on trial for murder.

Non-profit Reading the Pictures, a contributor to Columbia Journalism Review, described the photos as showing an “unusual proximity & alignment between Rittenhouse and the judge.”

“One shot’s from Getty, the other from Reuters. In both, no surprise, we see an unusual proximity & alignment between Rittenhouse and the judge as they watch evidence video,” the account captioned the photos. “That’s [Kyle Rittenhouse’s] lawyer to the right.”

One shot’s from Getty, the other from Reuters. In both, no surprise, we see an unusual proximity & alignment between Rittenhouse and the judge as they watch evidence video. That’s KR’s lawyer to the right. pic.twitter.com/3RISlkzAWQ

— Reading The Pictures (@ReadingThePix) November 14, 2021

Politico Jack Posobiec underscored that Rittenhouse is not cuffed when the judge is positioned next to Rittenhouse, suggesting that no one in the courtroom, including the judge, views the teen as a threat.

“No one in the room felt the need to say or do anything about an ‘accused double murderer’ leaning over the judge from behind, completely unshackled,” he captioned the photo. “Tells you everything you need to know.”

The post went viral, racking up more than 41,000 likes.

No one in the room felt the need to say or do anything about an ‘accused double murderer’ leaning over the judge from behind, completely unshackled

Tells you everything you need to know pic.twitter.com/PhgtwaYQEa

— Jacek Posobiec 🇺🇸🇵🇱 (@JackPosobiec) November 13, 2021

“Watching the Rittenhouse trial, never seen anything like this before. Rittenhouse, on trial for murder, is standing right behind the judge in uncuffed with no officer nearby,” pundit Armstrong Williams posted.

Watching the Rittenhouse trial, never seen anything like this before. Rittenhouse, on trial for murder, is standing right behind the judge in uncuffed with no officer nearby.

— Armstrong Williams (@Arightside) November 12, 2021

Even before the trial began, legal experts agreed that Rittenhouse has a strong claim to self-defense.

However, it seems prosecution was granted a big boost by Schroeder on Friday when he said he would allow the jury to consider if Rittenhouse “provoked” an encounter with rioter Anthony Huber, 26, who was fatally shot by the teen on August 25, 2020.

“The ruling is a boost for prosecutors because it opens the door

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