Judge Bruce Schroeder, who presides over Wisconsin’s top profile homicide trial of teenager Kyle Rittenhouse, has been harassed with hundreds of hateful email messages since the courtroom was brought down to television audiences.
According to the Daily Mail, which first obtained the handful of toxic messages directed at judge Schroeder, the heavy lambasting ranged from picking up at his God Bless America ringtone to extreme levels of threatening his children with the “most heinous homicide known to man.”
Many of the emails showed clear opposition to the judge as they believed Rittenhouse, now 18, should be held accountable for fatally shooting two men and wounding one other during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August. The chaos burst out after the police shot Jacob Blake, armed with a knife, and the wounds left him paralyzed.
The emails were mainly anonymous, but others provided their full names.
The trial has led to divided opinions when Rittenhouse said he acted in self-defense whilst prosecutors define him as a dangerous young man who was ready to kill. According to Fox News, the Illinois teenager, then 17-years-old, said he was handed an AR-15 to help protect a local business.
Some of the emails reflected the prosecutors’ view in a more malevolent way.
“This is outrageous… Rittenhouse is a murderous thug and trying to protect him says a LOT about this judge,” one email reads.
It is believed that the emails were reacting to Judge Schroeder’s Oct. 26 order that attorneys would not refer to the two men who died by Rittenhouse’s alleged panic shooting as “victim,” saying it was a “loaded” term.
Responding to the demeaning messages, Wisconsin’s longest-serving circuit court judge said, “I wouldn’t want to be those people.” Still, Judge Schroeder also had the law enforcement outside of his house for security 24/7, the Daily Mail reported.
Rittenhouse is facing five felony charges for the deadly event, including the most serious charges of first-degree homicide for the death of the two men he shot, per the Associated Press.
According to Fox News, the jury did not provide their verdict on the first day of deliberation on Tuesday, Nov. 16, and will resume deliberations at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.