Judge Bruce Schroeder, the Wisconsin judge presiding over the trial involving Kyle Rittenhouse, banned MSNBC staff from entering the Kenosha courthouse for the duration of the trial.
“I have instructed that no one from MSNBC news will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial,” Judge Schroeder announced before the courtroom.
Judge Bruce Schroeder addressed an incident in which a person who identified himself as an employee for MSNBC allegedly followed a sealed bus with blocked out windows as it left the courthouse to transport jurors to an undisclosed location, Fox News reported.
“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,” Judge Schroder said in the courtroom on Thursday.
The man spotted following the bus identified himself as James J. Morrison. He told investigators he was instructed to follow the vehicle, Judge Schroeder said. The judge said Morrison claimed to be working under the supervision of an MSNBC producer based in New York. The producer has been reportedly identified as Irene Byon.
“Last night, a freelancer received a traffic citation. 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,” NBC News claimed in a statement. Continued Below
Judge Bruce Schroeder remarks over MSNBC:
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 18, 2021
The Kenosha Police Department said in a tweet on 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”.
There was no breach of security regarding the jury, nor were there any photographs obtained. This investigation remains active and open, no further information.
— Kenosha Police Dept. (@KenoshaPolice) November 18, 2021
James Morrison, the freelancer, claimed to be working under the supervision Irene Byon, the MSNBC producer based in New York. Tim Pool tweeted that Irene Byon “nuked her LinkedIn account”.
Irene Byon has just nuked her linkedin account
Her account is still archived and available pic.twitter.com/1Kh5ZSnoLg
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) November 18, 2021
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