On Nov. 23, the Roundup printed a letter to the editor that suggested that the justice system is broken. The author may be right generally, but not because the system routinely treats self-defense cases differently based upon minority status of the victim or the defendant. Where such a thing happens — and it does — it just may be because the case was tried and decided in the media long before it came to trial.

On Nov. 19th, Amy Swearer (@AmySwearer on twitter) linked dozens and dozens of self-defense cases where a racial/ethnic minority defendant was cleared pre-trial or acquitted, including the Andrew Coffee IV case decided the very same day as the Rittenhouse case.

Paul Wescott, Payson

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