Judge Kenosha, Wisconsin presiding over Kyle Rittenhouse trial banned MSNBC employees from his court after police caught someone claiming to be a producer with the outlet following a jury bus.
“I ordered that no one by MSNBC news will be allowed in this building, for duration of this process” Judge Bruce Schroeder said on Thursday. Following a jury bus is an experience “extremely serious matter and will be referred to the competent authorities”, he added.
Schroeder identified both the producer and his supervisor by name in New York, and said the man was arrested by Kenosha police on Wednesday night, after running in Red light in Chase of a bus carrying the Rittenhouse jury.
Kenosha PD She said than a person “Presumed to be affiliated with a national media Jack” was “briefly taken in custody and issued several traffic-related citations. “ They suspect he was trying to photograph the jurors, but there was … “No violation of safety as far as the jury is concerned, no photographs were obtained “.
According to MSNBC parent NBC company, the man was “A freelancer” whose traffic violation “took place next to the jury van “ but the company He insisted he “never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them”.
“We apologize for 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 of them national media coverage of the trial and the demonstrators outside the court asking for a conviction.
Rittenhouse, 18, was charged with murder and reckless danger for three-way participants in the revolt of August 25, 2020 in Kenosha, two of them fatally. His lawyers argued that he took action in himself-defense and they moved for a mistrial, accusing state lawyers of misconduct of the prosecution in a matter relating to prove video.
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