Bodycam video has just been released about the incident involving NBC producer James Morrison following the Rittenhouse jury bus during jury deliberations.
The judge spoke about the jury stalking incident calling it an “extremely serious matter” and banned anyone from MSNBC from the courthouse.
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— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 18, 2021
NBC had released a very carefully-worded statement trying to suggest that the producer had just committed a traffic violation near the van, that they weren’t trying to contact the jurors “during deliberations.”
“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.”
But the bodycam footage makes it very clear that they were staking out the jury and that it wasn’t just Morrison involved. The bodycam footage was obtained through a FOIA request to the Kenosha Police Department by the Kenosha County Eye.
In the video, Morrison tells the police he was told to follow the bus by his bosses in New York. The police ask to speak to his boss and he puts them on with Irene Byon, the NBC booking producer. Byon tries to choose her words carefully, but she says they were “respectfully” trying to find out where the players in the trial were positioned. Byon claims that “by no means were they trying to get in contact with any of the jury members or whoever was in the car.” The police hadn’t mentioned the jury — that was information that she volunteered — which made it clear that they were trying to follow the jury bus.
That wasn’t all. As the conversation with the police continued, Byon says that they had “people positioned in different areas of the courthouse” to “see if anyone would be able to…” and then she stops because she doesn’t want to say they were trying to ID the jury to get them to talk to NBC. So that means that they had more people than just Morrison trying to do this. That explains why Judge Schroeder banned them all from the courthouse because it was a coordinated network effort and not just this one guy.
The bodycam footage also shows how misleading NBC is with their cockamamie statement. No one believed it, to begin with. But the bodycam footage shows what liars they truly are. As we postulated at the time, it hinged on “during deliberations,” they were likely trying to ID the jurors by following the bus so that once the verdict was in they could harass them to get them on NBC. That’s just vile behavior that a jury should never be subjected to and, in particular, a jury like this that could be exposed to danger.
This case is still being investigated and hopefully, there are some consequences for their actions. But this needs to be condemned and stopped by the industry, particularly in cases like this.