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Who is prosecutor in Kyle Rittenhouse case?

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The Kyle Rittenhouse case will be one of the biggest trials in Kenosha's history and for the assistant district attorney leading the prosecution.

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Rittenhouse is charged with shooting three men, killing two in August 2020 during the unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Thomas Binger is the lead prosecutor in the case.

"We have a person armed with an AR-15 shooting an unarmed man," Binger said during a hearing for the case Monday. I don't think you get to kill somebody with a gun when they're unarmed."

He contends the shootings were intentional and reckless and not self-defense, as the Illinois teen's defense team claims.

"The question is, What was his state of mind and whether or not his actions were reasonable or not,'" Binger said during a September hearing.

Binger has been with the Kenosha County District Attorney's Office since 2014.

Kenosha County District Attorney Mike Graveley, who is not on the case, told WISN 12 News when the Rittenhouse shooting happened, he was tied up reviewing the police shooting of Jacob Blake, which happened two days prior and what sparked the riots.

"Attorney Binger is an experienced, skilled prosecutor with prior successful homicide prosecution experience," Graveley told WISN 12 News.

Binger has lost some key evidence motions leading up to the trial.

The judge won't allow the state to link Rittenhouse to the extremist group "Proud Boys."

Against the state's wishes, video of officers thanking armed civilians will be allowed.

In the state's favor, the judge blocked the defense from bringing up victim Joseph Rosenbaum's criminal past.

"Their behavior that night has nothing to do with this case unless it was witnessed by the defendant," Binger said Monday.

Binger also cannot call the men who were shot, "victims."

"I disagree. I think the state should be allowed to use it. We have a statute called the victim's rights law. We have a constitutional amendment. Our officers work very hard to protect the people who are victims of crime," Binger said.

Come Monday, Rittenhouse's fate will be in the hands of a jury.

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