Wisconsin Judge Bruce Schroeder, who is presiding over the case against Kyle Rittenhouse, has banned MSNBC staff members from entering the courtroom for the remainder of the trial.
This comes after an incident with a MSNBC staffer who allegedly followed the jury bus, which had window coverings and was transporting jurors to an undisclosed location (Fox News). The staffer who had been following the bus was identified as Jams J. Morrison. He told investigators that he was told to follow the vehicle, and was working under the supervision of a New York based MSNBC producer.
Judge Schroeder addressed the incident in court Thursday saying, “I have instructed that no one from MSNBC news will be permitted in this building for the duration of the trial. This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is, but absolutely it would go without much thinking that someone who is following the jury bus – that is an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action.” Madison had been stopped by police after supposedly violating a traffic control signal (Los Angeles Times).
“Last night, a freelancer received a traffic citation. While the traffic violation took place near the jury van, the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never intended to photograph them. We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation,” an NBC spokesperson said. Despite the incident, MSNBC’s breaking coverage of the trial will not be affected, because NBC News will have access to the ongoing footage.
The Kenosha Police Department has reported that Morrison was briefly taken into custody and was issued multiple traffic citations. They suspected he was attempting to photograph jurors, but the incident is being investigated further. “There was no breach of security nor were there any photographs obtained. This investigation remains active and open, no further information.”
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