Rittenhouse Judge Bans MSNBC from Court after Staffer Caught Harassing Jury
Left-wing network's employee allegedly caught following bus transporting jurors
The judge overseeing the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse has banned left-wing "news" network MSNBC from the courthouse, according to reports.
Judge Bruce Schroeder barred the network from the court after a suspected MSNBC reporter was caught harassing members of the jury.
An individual identifying himself as an MSNBC employee was allegedly caught following the jury bus.
Judge Schroeder addressed the court on the "very serious matter," revealing that the situation "is under further investigation."
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"The matter is under further investigation."
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In his brief statement before the court Thursday, Schroeder said the suspected MSNBC employee followed the sealed bus with blacked-out windows as it left the courthouse.
The bus was transporting jurors to an undisclosed location.
"I have instructed that no one from MSNBC news will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial," Schroeder said.
"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."
The man spotted following the bus identified himself as James J. Morrison.
Morrison reportedly told investigators he was instructed to follow the vehicle, Schroeder added.
The judge said Morrison claimed to be working under the supervision of a producer based in New York.
The Kenosha Police Department addressed the matter in a tweet Thursday:
"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," police added.
"There was no breach of security regarding the jury, nor were there any photographs obtained.
"This investigation remains active and open, no further information."