A man confirmed to be a freelancer for NBC followed a bus assigned to bring jurors home from Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial Wednesday.
Rittenhouse is facing charges related to shooting of three men during the racial justice riot that occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020.
On Day 13 of the trial – the third day of jury deliberation – Judge Bruce Schroeder broadcast the trial live to inform the media of what had happened.
According to Schroeder, the jurors in this trial are being transported to the court from another location via a “closed bus” with the windows covered.
🚨🚨🚨 Judge Schroeder: Kenosha Police reported that someone spied on Rittenhouse’s jurors bus last night while claiming to work for MSNBC. It is under investigation. No one working for MSNBC will be allowed inside the courthouse for the duration of the trial.
– Julio Rosas (@ Julio_Rosas11) November 18, 2021
“Kenosha Police reports that someone spied on the Rittenhouse jury bus last night while claiming to work for MSNBC,” Townhall’s Julio Rosas reported on Twitter.
“It is under investigation. No one working for MSNBC will be allowed inside the courthouse for the duration of the trial. “
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On Wednesday night, “a person who identified himself as James Jim Morrison” who was later identified as a freelancer with NBC was arrested by police following the remote bus.
Police recognized the man after he ran a red light, according to Schroeder.
He was later fined for violating traffic control signals.
The man told police he had been instructed to follow the bus by his producer – a woman he called “Irene Byon” in New York.
JUDGMENT: A man claiming to be an MSNBC journalist followed the bus that took the jurors home.
He claimed he was following orders from an Irene Byon.
Byon is a booking producer for NBC News. Maybe NBC is trying to book jurors to interview the case. pic.twitter.com/4zJRe3xaIi
– Michael Austin (@mikeswriting) November 18, 2021
NOW – The alleged NBC/MSNBC was instructed to follow the jury bus in #Rittenhouse testing. The judge ordered the two news agencies to be excluded from the trial pending further investigation. pic.twitter.com/OLFDI4yfog
– Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) November 18, 2021
“I have directed that no one from MSNBC News be allowed into this building during this trial period,” Schroeder said.
“This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is, but it’s entirely possible that without much thought about someone following the jury bus – that It is a very serious matter.”
Schroeder then said the matter would be “referred to the appropriate authorities” for further investigation.
An NBC News spokesperson confirmed that the freelancer received a traffic note near the grand jury bus.
Just in: NBC News spox denies any attempt to photograph the Rittenhouse jury
“While a traffic violation occurred near a jury vehicle, the freelancer never contacted or attempted to contact the jury during deliberation, and never took pictures or attempted to communicate with the jury. going to take pictures of them.” pic.twitter.com/nm9eKS09zr
– Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbar) November 18, 2021
“Last night, a freelancer received a traffic alert. While a traffic violation occurred near a jury vehicle, the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jury during deliberation, and never took pictures or attempted to take pictures of them,” the spokesperson said.
“We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with authorities in any investigation.”
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