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Did an MSNBC Producer 'Follow' a Bus Containing Rittenhouse Jurors?

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Judge Bruce Schroeder dramatically barred anyone from the news network from entering the court in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
As a Kenosha, Wisconsin, jury deliberated in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in November 2021, the judge in the case made a dramatic ruling, banning MSNBC from the court for the remainder of the trial.

On Nov. 18, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder announced that "noone from MSNBC News will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial," after police officers in the city said they had stopped a producer from the news network who, according to police, said he was acting under orders from a superior to follow a bus carrying jurors away from the courthouse.

An excerpted transcript of Schroeder's remarks can be found below, along with a short video:

We received a report this morning, from the Kenosha Police Department, that last evening…a person who identified himself as James J. Morrison, and who claimed that he was a producer with NBC News, employed for MSNBC, and under the supervision of…someone named Irene Byon in New York, for MSNBC. The police, when they stopped him, because he was following in a distance of about a block, and went through a red light, pulled him over and inquired of him what was going on, and he gave that information, and stated that he had been instructed by Ms. Byon, in New York, to follow the jury bus. The matter is under further investigation at this point, and the media has asked questions about it. That's the latest I have. He was ticketed for violating a traffic control signal. He's not here today from what I'm told. And I have instructed that noone from MSNBC News will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial. 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…
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