MOSCOW, 30 Nov 2021, RUSSTRAT Institute.
During the presidency of Donald Trump, so many rules and even taboos have been broken in the American establishment in the internal struggle that this swinging pendulum will be very difficult to stop. The events of recent months show that the pendulum is going to reverse, but its amplitude is increasing, threatening the integrity of the system.
There is one feature of American society that is quite difficult for us to understand. Due to the fact that it is not shameful to sue an employer, manufacturer, or even a neighbour for the slightest reason, live broadcasts of court proceedings are very popular with people. In addition, this is connected with the fact that in Anglo-Saxon law, a judge is not perceived as a direct representative of the authorities, but is the embodiment of “spravedlivost” [based on the canons of morality – ed.], since there is no separate word for the concept of “pravosudiye” [to judge by concepts – ed.] in English.
The most famous “reality show” trial in the United States was the case of American football star O. J. Simpson in 1994, when he was accused of murdering his wife. Back then the defence managed to break up the case, focusing on the fact that the detectives investigating the case were racists. However, then there was a book/self-exposure about O. J. Simpson, and the relatives of the victims in a civil order managed to recover money from the killer.
The trial of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse in terms of consequences for the United States will be much more important than the O. J. Simpson case. This young man shot two people and seriously injured another protester during the Kenosha riots on August 25, 2020.
Leading American media outlets have tried to portray Rittenhouse as just another reckless mass shooter, without bothering to describe the events in detail. It got to the point that some media outlets, describing the events at that time, reported that the riots in Kenosha arose after the police killed a black man, Jacob Blake, but, in fact, he did not die – he remained alive.
After the mass hysteria in the media that accompanied the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty in the high-profile case of the death of African-American George Floyd, many morally accepted that a similar trial would be held for Rittenhouse. As at that time, some congressmen from the US Democratic Party openly called for an unequivocal condemnation of Rittenhouse.
However, this time the prosecution’s case did not go well, and the court even had to drop the charge of illegal possession of an AR-15 rifle due to full compliance with state law, which Rittenhouse took advantage of. The prosecutor also overreached in his statements to the point that he blamed Rittenhouse for the fact that he had exercised his legal right and initially refused to give evidence. For such behaviour and an attempt to disrupt the usual course of the process, the prosecutor received an emotional scolding from the judge.
After that, the liberal public was very worried, on CNN we could find the headline “Why we need a Black judge and Black Jury in the Rittenhouse trial – No it’s not racist, it’s reality”, but since the participants in the Kenosha incident were only white US citizens, CNN also got into trouble and deleted this publication.