John M. Crisp: Kyle Rittenhouse is also a victim

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Kyle Rittenhouse is 18 years old. On Aug. 25, 2020, when Rittenhouse killed two men during a night of civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he was 17. But when he took the stand during his murder trial, he looked like he could be 13. Defendants in murder trials often do themselves no favors by testifying in their own defense, but Rittenhouse probably helped himself. He was soft-spoken and polite, occasionally bewildered and, when he described the shootings, credibly emotional. In short, the boyish Rittenhouse looked and acted like the kid that he is. If his acquittal reflects some sympathy for h…

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