Rittenhouse trial: Judge banned MSNBC from court building – Insider Paper

The judge presiding over the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial has barred MSNBC employees from entering court, alleging that a man claiming to work for the network attempted to follow the bus carrying jurors.

“I have instructed that no one from MSNBC News will be allowed into this building for the duration of this test. This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth about it is, but it would absolutely be without much thought that someone who is following the jury bus, that is an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the appropriate address. authorities for new actions “.

The man seen following the bus identified himself as James J. Morrison and told investigators he had been told to do so, according to Schroeder.

“Last night a person who identified himself as James J. Morrison and claimed to be a producer for NBC News… and under someone’s supervision… in New York for MSNBC. When the police stopped him because he was following him at a distance of about a block and he ran a red light, they stopped him and asked him what was happening and he gave that information, ”said Schroeder. “He said that he had been instructed by [a supervisor] in New York to follow the jury bus. “

According to a tweet from the Kenosha Police Department on Thursday morning, a person claiming to be affiliated with a national media outlet was briefly detained for various traffic violations. Police suspected the person was attempting to photograph jurors at trial at the time.

During the highly publicized and politicized trial, jurors had previously expressed concerns about their safety and privacy.

NBC News released a statement after the judge banned MSNBC from court:

“Last night, a self-employed worker received a traffic citation. Although the traffic violation took place near the jury’s van, the independent professional never communicated with the jurors or intended to do so during the deliberations, and he never photographed or intended to photograph them, ”says the release. “We regret the incident and will cooperate fully with authorities in any investigation,” added NBC.

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