To the editor: The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse stands out as proof that multiple wrongs do not make a right.

The abuse of constitutional freedom is ultimately to blame for the tragic incident that took place in Kenosha, Wisc. The abuse of peaceful assembly, the abuse of the right to bear arms and abuse by the media, stoking the flames of racism, created what amounted to warfare in the streets.

The leadership in Wisconsin failed to control the situation and left the innocent to fend for themselves. The Kenosha riots caused over $50 million in private and public property damage, not to mention other bodily injuries.

It was by no stretch of imagination, a civil or peaceful demonstration.

The only commendable aspect of the entire Kenosha tragedy was the final deliberation and verdict of the Rittenhouse jury. Charges of first degree homicide should have never been on the table since there was no evidence to support such charges — please refer to the definition of first degree homicide.

Recalling the classic film "12 Angry Men" or the compelling case against O.J. Simpson, reasonable doubt, and in this case, self-defense, must result in acquittal.

The jury did their job as it is described by law in a civil society. Yet, the mainstream media and its cohorts continue to stoke the flames with incendiary falsehoods.

How unjust and un-liberal to characterize and convict someone before trial or judgment and then refuse to accept the outcome because it doesn’t fit the political narrative.

Even the president and vice president of the United States are guilty of this. And, that is a real tragedy.

Mark Einstein

Rock Hall

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