Being that the Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a high-profile case, jurors should have been sequestered. Even though they are told not to watch TV accounts, listen to the radio, read the newspaper or discuss the case with anyone, the jurors are human beings and it is difficult to know whether they will comply.
And what about the internet? That is why the 12 jurors should have been put up in a hotel room with no TV, no computers and no cell phone. They should not be at risk of being influenced. They should have no knowledge of protesters and their threats or the media, which could sway their verdict.
Rittenhouse jurors may be more concerned about the city of Kenosha and the damage that could happen outside the courtroom than about focusing on Rittenhouse’s future and what is happening inside the courtroom. Outside influences are not only unfair to jurors, they are unfair to Rittenhouse. This young man’s future is at stake.
JOANN LEE FRANK