Bruce Schroeder Wiki – Bruce Schroeder Biography
Bruce Schroeder is a judge for the Circuit Court of Kenosha County in Wisconsin. His current term ends in 2026. The 75-year-old has been in court since 1983 and is currently the longest-serving judge in Wisconsin. After graduating from Marquette Law School in 1970, Schroeder initially worked in the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office. He then spent a few years in private practice, before returning to public service as a judge. In the many decades since, Schroeder has earned a reputation as a strict and no-nonsense judge with a history of harsh sentencing.
But, he is also known for a few moments of levity. The judge reportedly likes to quote the Bible, Shakespeare, and medieval judicial philosophy during court proceedings and he has even been known to host Jeopardy-style trivia games during court downtimes. That prompted a lawyer to describe him as “weird” and “outlandish.”
A testament to his professional fashion is the Rittenhouse case. It took him just one day to assemble a jury for trial, something that can often take weeks, especially in a high-profile case like this. “His word on him is final and he is not afraid to make tough decisions,” former prosecutor Dan Williams told CNN of the judge. Another individual added, “It’s his courtroom. He doesn’t like being pushed around by either party. So he has a strong sense of his own courtroom bearing.”
That toughness has also led to several controversial decisions in his 40 years of service. In the late 1980s, Schroeder attracted widespread attention for demanding that a convicted child molester who also engaged in prostitution take an AIDS test. That also led him to order all convicted sex workers to take an AIDS test. Then, in 2008, he sentenced Mark Jensen to life in prison without parole for poisoning his wife with antifreeze. The sentence came after he allowed as evidence a letter from the wife, which helped to finalize the sentence. But, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered a retrial in the case in February 2020, ruling that the letter should not have been admitted.
Is Schroeder an ally of Rittenhouse?
Since the beginning of the court proceedings, Schroeder has made numerous decisions that many online have interpreted as support for Rittenhouse. Before the trial began, he ruled that the people Rittenhouse killed could not be called “victims,” claiming it was a “too loaded” term. But he did allow themselves to be called “looters” and “troublemakers.” In February, he refused to issue a new arrest warrant after prosecutors argued that Rittenhouse violated the terms of his bail by failing to inform the court of a change of address.
Schroeder also declined to allow as evidence a video in which Rittenhouse says he wishes he had a gun to shoot at looters in August 2020, two weeks before he ended up shooting three men. But he allowed the defense to present Rittenhouse with a video of police officers saying “we appreciate it.” All of that was even before the trial began. In recent days, he has made some even more puzzling decisions, like criticizing the prosecution for asking about Rittenhouse’s AR-15.
Although it is known to be harsh, but fair, many people seem to have the feeling that Schroeder is an ally of Rittenhouse. That’s why a Kenosha resident told The Washington Post: “I think Kyle Rittenhouse is going to get away with it. They turned the case over to the worst judge in town.”
Overseen by a ‘no nonsense’ judge
All eyes are now on Kenosha, where 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse is on trial for shooting three men during the 2020 protests in the city. Aside from the defendant himself, another person to make headlines for his role in the trial is Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder. Even before the trial began, the 75-year-old judge was in the headlines, but now that he’s actually underway, he has become a frequent part of history.
In many ways, it is not just Rittenhouse who is on trial, but the soul of America. After shooting “in self-defense”, Rittenhouse became a model for the far right. Not only did the internet stand behind him in the days and months after the shooting, but his followers also sold ‘Free Kyle’ merchandise to raise funds for his defense. In fact, a Christian fundraising site managed to raise more than $ 500,000 for Rittenhouse in just a few weeks.
With that kind of support, many hope that Rittenhouse will walk away innocent, a situation that grows more and more real by the day. Not only is the prosecution helping the teenager, but in many ways, it appears they also have an ally in Judge Schroeder. Here is everything we know about him and how he has handled the case so far.