Kyle rittenhouse judge asian food joke, mother and father now 2021

'How not to be a good judge': Kyle Rittenhouse's 'Asian food' joke sparks more backlash.

A day after making news for his outburst against the prosecution during Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder continued to garner attention, criticism, and charges of bias.

The judge provoked outrage on Thursday when he made a remark about "Asian food." And his attempt to pay tribute to soldiers prompted the courtroom to applaud a guy who appeared to be the room's sole veteran: a defense witness.

Schroeder, Wisconsin's longest-serving judge, already drew national attention and accusations of favoring the defense in late October when he stated that the persons shot by Rittenhouse could not be referred to as "victims" during the trial.

Refusing to use the term "victim" is a recurrent occurrence in his courtroom procedures. However, his decision to allow the same persons to be referred to as "rioters, looters, and arsonists" established a trend of detractors denouncing Rittenhouse as prejudiced and supporters cheering the judge's choices.

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Judge Bruce Schroeder talks during Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Nov. 5.

While allegations of bias have developed during the trial, Kyle Rittenhouse's mother stated Thursday that she believed the judge was "very fair."

Wendy Rittenhouse told Sean Hannity of FOX News Channel that she was told by locals that "he does not tolerate bullshit in his courtroom."

These remarks came as the current scandal surrounding Schroeder received national prominence. On Thursday, in answer to a question about a lunch break, he attempted a joke: "I hope the Asian food isn't coming... isn't on one of those boats in Long Beach Harbor."

The remark appeared to be referring to the crisis unfolding on the West Coast, where a record-breaking number of cargo ships have been stranded off the coast of California due to a port backlog at Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The joke was deemed disrespectful by critics.

"In the Rittenhouse trial, the biased judge made a thinly veiled anti-Asian remark," Stanford law professor Michele Dauber tweeted. "Because all Asian food, like the boats, originates in China."

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, a Democrat, used the film to condemn the judge and the court system for appointing him to preside over the trial: "Schroeder has demonstrated how not to be a competent judge." Wisconsin's selecting process is also fatally broken," he tweeted.

"After their initial appointment, they are elected, and there is no retirement age. This is why we have such incendiary and incompetent judges around the country."

In a separate incident on Veterans Day, Schroeder asked the courtroom whether anyone in attendance was a veteran. Only expert witness John Black responded "yes."

"What branch?" Schroeder inquired of Black.

"Army, sir," Black said.

"All right, and I believe we can give a round of applause to those who have served our country," Schroeder continued.

The judge gave a round of applause. The gallery began applauding as well, including a defense attorney and Rittenhouse.

Recognizing soldiers is not unusual for Schroeder, who wore an American flag-emblazoned tie Thursday and whose phone ringtone, as heard in court, is "God Bless the United States of America."

However, Schroeder ran the risk of establishing Black's credibility with the jury by soliciting applause, according to Steven Wright, a professor of law at the University of Wisconsin School of Law. Wright believed the judge made a mistake at the time.

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Judge Bruce E. Schroeder examines picture enlargements during a debate over the reliability of enlarged digital photographs during Kyle Rittenhouse's trial on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis. Rittenhouse is charged with killing two people and injuring another during a rally in Kenosha last year against police abuse.

However, regardless of the outcome of the trial, the issue is unlikely to be investigated.

If jurors convict Rittenhouse, there will very certainly be no appeal. If they convict him, Wright said, Schroeder's error may be viewed as a help to Rittenhouse rather than a cause of contention on appeal.

While social media criticism typically singled down the judge, other pundits suggested that the prosecution botched several parts of the Rittenhouse case.

"Some have chastised Judge Bruce Schroeder for upholding long-standing constitutional norms," Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, wrote in an opinion essay for USA TODAY.

"Even without the prosecution's willful errors, this was always going to be a challenging case. Wisconsin has a robust standard of self-defense. After a defendant asserts that he or she acted to ward off a threat, the prosecution has the burden of establishing that assertion beyond a reasonable doubt."

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