Rittenhouse Trial Judge Bans MSNBC from Courtroom after Producer Follows Jurors (Video)

MSNBC producer James Morrison was stopped by police while allegedly trying to follow a van bringing jurors to courtroom.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The judge over the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Wisconsin banned cable news network MSNBC from the courtroom on Thursday, according to Newsweek.
  • The judge banned the network after one of its producers, James Morrison, was stopped by police for allegedly following a van carrying the jury.
  • A man identified as “James G. Morrison” claimed to be a producer with MSNBC under the supervision of a producer in New York to follow the jury bus, according to Judge Schroeder.
  • Morrison was allegedly pulled over by police after he ran a red light while chasing the juror van.
  • Judge Schroeder said the jury is transported from a different location to the courthouse in a “sealed bus” with covered windows.
JUST THE NEWS REPORTS:

Police in Kenosha, where the trial is taking place, said Morrison was “trying to photograph jurors,” according to news service mystateline.com. He was charged with several traffic violations, police said.

Judge Bruce Schroeder said the jury van is equipped with blacked-out windows so members are prevented from being exposed.

“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. I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is … but someone following a jury bus is an extremely serious matter, and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action.”