Kyle Rittenhouse case goes to jury
Kyle Rittenhouse arrives for jury selection at the Kenosha County Courthouse as jury selection in the trial begins on Nov. 1, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. - Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images North America/TNS

KENOSHA, Wis. — The Kyle Rittenhouse trial ended much as it began, with defense attorneys painting the teen gunman as a do-gooder who came under attack and prosecutors portraying him as a wannabe soldier who fatally shot two unarmed men. The dueling portraits reflect the way a polarized country has viewed the shooting since it happened, and the closing arguments occasionally mimicked the vitriolic sound bites that have inflamed the case from the start. In a trial based on a very specific legal question, the politics surrounding the case — the First Amendment, the Second Amendment and police sh...