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The defense rests in homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse

DEMONSTRATORS supporting Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of fatally shooting two men during a protest in 2020 (Wikipedia).

The defense rested its case on Thursday in the homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, who is being prosecuted in the death of two men in August 2020 during a protest over the shooting by police of a Black man.

According to United Press International, a dispute arose in the court over whether Judge Bruce Schroeder was treating the defense and the prosecution equally in the admissibility of evidence. Schroeder had earlier raised some eyebrows by not allowing the men killed by Rittenhouse – who claimed he was acting in self-defense – to be called “victims” but permitted the protests to be called “violent riots” and the protesters “antifa.”

The prosecutors rested their case on Tuesday. Closing arguments are expected to take place on Monday.

The shootings took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse, then 17, came to the scene of the fifth day of protests armed with an AR-15 style rifle, similar to the military M-16. He shot three people, two of whom died. One of the people he shot appeared to be armed with a handgun.

Court issues temporary stay on records

A TEMPORARY stay has been placed on the release of documents on the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol (Shutterstock).

A temporary stay was issued Thursday by a federal appeals court to the issuance of records from the Trump White House to a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

According to UPI, lawyers for former president Donald Trump invoked “executive privilege” to block the release of documents being sought from the National Archives. Arguments on whether the stay should be permanent are scheduled for Nov. 30.

A federal judge had earlier ruled against the request.

Sports: Beckham is now a Ram

Odell Beckham Jr., a standout – and sometimes controversial – wide receiver has been signed by the Los Angeles Rams, just a few days after the left the Cleveland Browns. According to the Los Angeles Times, Beckham was given a one-year contract.

Beckham starred for five years with the New York Giants and was named to the Pro Bowl three times. He was less successful after being traded to the Browns.

Weather:  Still warm, then …

Friday’s daytime high in the West Orange County area will again be warm at 92 degrees and sunny, with an overnight low of 60. But things will start to cool off in Saturday and Sunday as the thermometer drops to 83 (58 overnight). The drop continues with a 78 on Monday and 70 on Tuesday. In coastal areas of Huntington Beach, Friday will see a daytime high of 88, dipping to 79 on Saturday and Sunday, then 75 on Monday with clouds moving in that day.

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