1. The Rittenhouse trial. Lots of talk about the defendant taking the stand and the tongue lashing that the state is getting throughout the trial. But how about the judge not understanding how zooming works on an ipad. Oh boy:
"What [the defense is] saying, I think, and I know less than anyone in the room, I'm sure, about all of this stuff, but I'm hearing him to say that they are actually artificially inserting pixels into there, which is altering the object which is being portrayed," observed the judge.
This, as anyone who uses a modern smartphone knows, is not how pinch-to-zoom works. But, in the hopes of explaining it to the judge, we reached out to Apple for its thoughts on this technical dilemma.
We received no immediate response. Which is too bad, as Judge Schroeder really wanted someone to explain it to him.
"You're the proponent," he told the prosecutor, "and you need to assure me before I let the jury speculate on it that [pinch-to-zoom] is a reliable method that does not distort what is depicted."
The judge's dumbfounding technical obliviousness kicked off when Rittenhouse’s defense attorney, Mark Richards, also admitted he didn’t understand what he was talking about. You can watch the jaw-dropping exchange, starting around the the 5 hour, 2 minute and 26 second mark, in the below video uploaded by the Washington Post.
2. Blogs matter. Congress is investigating a law clerk's "a history of nakedly racist and hateful conduct." Jerry Nadler and Hank Johnson have sent the following letter to Chief Justice Roberts. Footnote 1 of the letter cites to posts at Above the Law about the clerk.
3. Finally, defense lawyers are trying to keep Al Sharpton out of the Ahmaud Arbery trial gallery. Another oh boy:
An attorney representing one of three men on trial in the deadly shooting of Ahmaud Arbery made a bizarre request Thursday afternoon when he called for the judge in the case to ban Black pastors from the courtroom gallery.