Last Updated on November 15, 2021
During the defense team’s closing arguments in the Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial, defense lawyer Mark Richards noted that the teenage defendant had “as much right to go there as anybody else in the city of Kenosha, and be unmolested by the likes of” convicted child rapist Joseph Rosenbaum, who was the first rioter to attack Rittenhouse after screaming “Shoot me, n***a.”
“He has as much right to go there as anybody else in the city of Kenosha, and be unmolested by the likes of Joseph Rosenbaum,” Richards said, pausing to let his choice of words sink in before adding the names of rioters Kelly and Joshua Ziminski.
Defense: Rittenhouse "has as much right to go there as anybody else in the city of Kenosha, and be unmolested by the likes of Joseph Rosenbaum…" pic.twitter.com/5SLNRDVLOX
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 15, 2021
As National File reported last year, court documents indicated that Rosenbaum was charged with molesting, torturing, and sodomizing five boys aged 9 to 11 years old, and served 12 and a half years in prison on those charges.
Presentencing report court documents obtained by independent investigators indicate that Rosenbaum was found to have been convicted of far more heinous crimes, for which he served only 12 and a half years in an Arizona prison.
According to the presentencing report, “an acquaintance of the defendant brought him home to stay after the defendant was asked to leave his mother’s residence” in February 2002, and he went on stay at more residences and have contact with a total of five children, aged between 9 to 11 years old.
Rosdenbaum first drew suspicion when the mother of one of the victims noticed burn marks on her son in March. When the boy was asked about the injury, he revealed that he had been sexually molested by Rosenbaum.
The eleven counts of sex crimes that Rosenbaum, a proud Black Lives Matter supporter, was charged with in the report span the gamut of groping the victims’ genitals, engaging in oral sex with the victims, and sodomizing the victims.