Rittenhouse Judge Bars MSNBC From Trial After 'Extremely Serious Matter' of Jury-Stalking

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We wrote earlier how things have been getting crazy, with violence breaking out yesterday outside the courthouse where the Rittenhouse jury deliberations are continuing.

But it’s getting even crazier than that, as Judge Bruce Schroeder and the Kenosha Police explained today. The police took someone into custody who they believed was trying to photograph the jury. On the department’s official Twitter account, police said the jury wasn’t compromised by this person.

Judge Schroeder then addressed what happened in the court today. He said that the person had been following the jury bus when he was stopped. The person who identified himself as James J. Morrison claimed he was a producer for MSNBC and had been assigned to follow the bus by someone named Irene Byon, a booking producer for NBC News in New York.

“I have instructed that no one from MSNBC news will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial,” Judge 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.”

Channel 5 Chicago (an NBC affiliate) confirmed that it was in fact an NBC producer involved Thursday morning.

Now, this is dangerous and wild enough that if this were a random person. But if this is actually a person connected to MSNBC and/or NBC, they really have gone too far this time in doing this and apparently trying to dox the jury.

This isn’t the only incident involving efforts to take pictures or dox the jury.

A member of the media who had been allowed in the courtroom during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial was kicked out and not allowed back in after they inadvertently took a photo of at least one juror. Those photographs were ordered to be deleted.

As we noted last week, there was someone who was stopped from following the jury bus and his video was deleted, and on top of that, there was a claim from someone alleging to be a relative of George Floyd that people were trying to dox the jury.

Editor’s note: this article was edited for content after publication.