Verdict in Rittenhouse trial, fatal overdoses skyrocket during pandemic, disappearance of Peng Shuai

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CHICAGO (NewsNation Now) — Friday’s acquittal closed the criminal case against Kyle Rittenhouse but what this means for the country culturally, for gun owners, for the media, for police and for prosecutors is just beginning.

Radio host Tony Katz, Jason Nicholas, senior lecturer at the University of Maryland, and former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Danny Coulson join “On Balance” to discuss the verdict.

Phillip Turner and Bob Bianchi, both former prosecutors and current defense attorneys, also weigh in.

Former prosecutor and defense attorney Robert Schalk breaks down whether Rittenhouse may have a case for defamation.

The defense attorney who caused an outcry by saying Black pastors should be barred from the murder trial over Ahmaud Arbery’s death declared in court Friday that a courthouse rally supporting the slain Black man’s family was comparable to a “public lynching” of the three white defendants.

Civil rights attorney Robert Patillo joins the show to explain whether the Rittenhouse verdict will have an impact on the Arbery case.

There were more than 100,000 fatal overdoses in the U.S. in one year. Drug recovery advocates said the increased isolation during the pandemic among recovering drug users made it harder for them to maintain sobriety.

Liberty Vittert, a professor of data science at Washington University in St. Louis and features editor of the Harvard Data Science Review, joins “On Balance” to discuss.

China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday stuck to its line that it wasn’t aware of the controversy surrounding tennis professional Peng Shuai, who disappeared after accusing a former top official of sexually assaulting her.

Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters that the matter was “not a diplomatic question and I’m not aware of the situation.”

Dean Chang, senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and John Moody, former Rome bureau chief for Time magazine join the show to talk about the situation.

The House passed an expansive social and environmental spending bill Friday after months of Democratic infighting and an overnight delay by a top Republican leader.

White House columnist for The Hill Niall Stanage joins “On Balance” to weigh in on the events.

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