Judge Bruce Schroeder has banned MSNBC/NBC from a Kenosha courthouse after a man claiming to be their producer had been caught following the bus transporting jurors for the Rittenhouse trial.
Kenosha police said the suspect who identified as James Morrison, an alleged MSNBC/NBC producer was trying to photograph jurors, but was unsuccessful.
“Last night a person who is alleged 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,” said the Kenosha police.
Schroeder said that Morrison was following the jury bus the night before but was caught running a red light trying to follow it.
“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’s an extremely serious matter and it will be referred to the proper authorities,” said Schroeder.
NBC claimed that Morrison was only a freelancer and denied he was trying to take photographs.
“While the traffic violation took place near the jury van, the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them. We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation,” said NBC.
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