MSNBC banned from Rittenhouse trial after freelancer suspected of tailing juror van

MSNBC was banned from the courtroom during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial . This is after a freelancer working for NBCUniversal-owned news station was cited Wednesday for a traffic violation near the van that carried jurors.

Bruce Schroeder, the presiding judge in the case who has been critical of some of the media coverage, revealed the ban Thursday from the bench of the courtroom where Rittenhouse is standing trial for the murder of two people during a 2020 civil disturbance in Kenosha.

Schroeder said a car driven by James Morrison, who identified himself as an employee of MSNBC, was stopped by police after allegedly violating a traffic control signal. He was driving just a block away from the van that transports jurors to the courthouse.

Schroeder said Morrison was under the supervision of a manager at NBC News in New York who allegedly asked him to follow the jurors. A person who knows the employment status of Morrison but is not allowed to speak publicly about it said that Morrison works as a freelancer booker for MSNBC.

Schroeder called it a “very serious matter” and said that it will be “referred to upper authorities for further action.”

In a tweet Thursday morning, the Kenosha Police Department said, “Last night a person who is alleging to be affiliated with a national media outlet” was suspected of attempting to photograph the jurors, adding that the matter is under investigation. Police stated that there was no breach in security concerning the jury and that no photographs were taken.

In a statement, an NBC News representative confirmed Morrison was working for the division but said he never intended to contact or photograph the jurors during deliberations.

” We regret the incident and will fully collaborate with the authorities in any investigation,” the network stated.

The ban will not affect MSNBC’s coverage of the trial. NBC News will continue to have access video of the proceedings.

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