Judge Bruce Schroeder has now banned MSNBC from his courthouse after a person identifying himself as an MSNBC journalist was allegedly found following the jury bus.
#BREAKING Judge In Rittenhouse Case Announcing That MSNBC Will No Longer Be Allowed Inside The Courtroom After One Of Their Employees Allegedly Followed The Jury Bus
"The matter is under further investigation."
"This is a very serious matter." pic.twitter.com/PB3C9jZOUk
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) November 18, 2021
Kenosha Police Dept. released a tweet this Thursday morning announcing a person who was said to be connected with “a national news outlet was briefly taken into custody and given several traffic tickets.”
“Police believe this person was attempting to photograph jurors,” the tweet said.
Last night a person who is alleging to be affiliated with a national media outlet was briefly taken into custody and issued several traffic related citations. Police suspect this person was trying to photograph jurors. This incident is being investigated much further.
— Kenosha Police Dept. (@KenoshaPolice) November 18, 2021
Schroeder made his announcement on Thursday morning that “someone who identified himself as James Morrison and claimed to be a producer with MSNBC News, and under the supervision of someone called Irene Byon in NY for MSNBC” was within a certain distance from the jury bus and went past a red light. Police pulled the person over where he said he had been told by Byon to follow the jury bus, as reported by Judge Schroeder.
“I have given the orders that nobody from MSNBC News will be allowed in the building for this trial,” Schroeder said. “This is a very serious issue and I don’t know what the overall truth of this, but absolutely it would go without thinking that somebody who is following this jury bus, that is a serious issue and will be handed over to the right authorities for more action.”
The incident is still under investigation.
NBC News gave a comment claiming “a freelancer” had no plans of photographing the jurors, CNN’s Chief News Correspondent Brian Stelter said via Twitter.
“Last night, a freelancer got a traffic violation. While this traffic violation took place close to the jury van, the freelancer never intended to contact the jurors, and never took photos or intended to. We regret this incident and will completely cooperate with the police on any investigation.”
"We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation," NBC adds (2/2) https://t.co/7LNnDbQErb
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 18, 2021
Schroeder said this week he would reconsider allowing live video of the trial because “what is happening is really frightening.”
“When I spoke about the issues with the media, when this trial first started, we are there in part … because of very irresponsible handling of what happens from this trial.”
There has been no comment from the Rittenhouse defense team about this incident.
Author: Steven Sinclaire