This case tests whether justice is blind

This is a developing story and will be updated. By Catherine E. Shoichet and Vanessa Minnillo, CNN (CNN) — In the first few hours of trial, the courtroom was turned upside down as prosecution…

This case tests whether justice is blind

This is a developing story and will be updated.

By Catherine E. Shoichet and Vanessa Minnillo, CNN

(CNN) — In the first few hours of trial, the courtroom was turned upside down as prosecution and defense attorneys made their opening statements.

Defense attorney David Glawe called prosecution witness authorities were “cowed” by the alleged victim who admitted to lying in the past.

But prosecutor Joseph Wolf tried to get the jury focused on the fact that Rittenhouse said he killed his wife, assistant DA Lauren Rittenhouse, for her inheritance.

“She was the reason your trial is here,” Wolf said.

“It’s that she was the reason this trial is here,” Glawe answered.

“She was the reason,” Wolf repeated.

Glawe also pointed out how the district attorney’s office had initially had an offer of immunity for Rittenhouse if he went to trial. Rittenhouse’s agreement to plea was revoked.

Wolf said that after she went to the police, she spoke to Rittenhouse’s attorneys and went on to testify against him to an all-female grand jury.

Glawe also accused the prosecution of deliberately misinforming an all-female grand jury by not only pointing out how Rittenhouse admitted the killing to a victim’s advocate, but also by citing how Rittenhouse was “unsettled” about being in the case because of conflicting statements and the fact that her father is a deputy sheriff.

But Wolf insisted that the case was about Kyle Rittenhouse killing his wife for the money, not the lack of money.

“How any of that changes the evidentiary principle that money is what drove this is beyond me,” Wolf said.

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