The Kenosha, Wis., Judge who is presiding over Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial has barred MSNBC employees from entering his courthouse after police overheard someone claiming to be a producer with the outlet in train to follow a jury bus.
“I have ordered that no one from MSNBC News will be allowed in this building, for the duration of this trial,” Judge Bruce Schroeder said Thursday. Following a jury bus is a “Extremely serious matter and will be referred to the competent authorities”, he added.
Schroeder identified the producer and his supervisor in New York by name, and said the man was arrested by Kenosha police on Wednesday evening, after running a red light in pursuit of a bus carrying the jury of Rittenhouse.
Kenosha PD noted than a person “Claiming to be affiliated with a national media” was “Briefly taken into custody and issued several traffic citations. “ They suspect he was attempting to photograph the jurors, but there was “No breach of security regarding the jury, and no photographs were obtained.”
According to MSNBC’s parent company, NBC, the man was “An independent” including traffic violation “Took place near the jury van”, but the company insisted he “Never contacted or considered contacting jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or considered photographing them. “
“We regret the incident and will cooperate fully with the authorities on any investigation”, NBC added.
The jury has been deliberating since Monday evening, under pressure from both national media coverage of the trial and from protesters outside the courthouse demanding a conviction.
Rittenhouse, 18, has been charged with murder and reckless endangerment for shooting three participants in the August 25, 2020 riots in Kenosha, two of them fatally. His lawyers have argued that he acted in self-defense and requested that the trial be quashed, accusing state prosecutors of professional misconduct in a case related to video evidence.
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