The veteran judge who is currently presiding over the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse has been placed under police protection after he and his family received hundreds of death threats.
Daily Mail reported that Kenosha Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder has received hundreds of abusive and menacing emails, letters, postcards, and faxes.
“Wow, way to name a white skinhead hot head to be a judge. No wonder they burn down your city,” one email read. Others have called for Schroeder to be dismissed or even disbarred.
Schroeder was appointed to the bench back in 1983 by Democratic Wisconsin Governor Anthony Earl, and he was elected to his first six-year term the next year. Since then, he has been re-elected in every election.
“I didn’t know that under your black robes of justice, you wear a white robe of the klan. There is no way a fair trial can be heard under your supervision,” wrote another person who was demanding that Schroeder resign.
Another threatening message warned the judge that he has a lot to look forward to from angry people after the trial ends.
“If I ever meet you in person, I intend to spit directly in your face, regardless of the cost,” wrote one person.
Someone even threatened the lives of Schroeder’s children, promising “payback” and vowing that Rittenhouse “won’t live long if the jury votes to acquit him.” Many of the people who sent these threatening messages even signed them with their real names.
Schroeder has angered those who want to see Rittenhouse be convicted because of certain actions the judge has taken during the trial. Yesterday morning, the judge dismissed the misdemeanor gun charge that had been pending against the 18-year-old, which came as a crushing blow to those who had assumed he would be convicted of that if nothing else. The judge has also lost his temper and exploded on Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger multiple times throughout the trial.
One such heated exchange happened minutes into the state’s cross-examination of Rittenhouse after the assistant district attorney implied the teen had done something wrong by not explaining his actions that day before the trial. Schroeder, however, was not having any of it, as he upheld an objection the defense had made to questions that Binger asked Rittenhouse about his beliefs and opinions. Schroeder has also warned Binger multiple times that he is dangerously close to violating Rittenhouse’s Constitutional rights.
Last week, Schroeder mentioned the “thousands of communications” from those who are threatening him, and he’s promised to deal with the people who sent them.
“I wouldn’t want to be those people,” he said.
Schroeder has since had a police detail assigned to watch over him for the rest of this trial.