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MSNBC banned from the courthouse during Kyle Rittenhouse trial after freelancer trailed the jury bus

NBC News denies the claim but is willing to cooperate with the investigation

Judge Bruce Schroeder talks at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Judge Bruce Schroeder talks about why he let the jury take home jury instructions at the end of the day in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.
Sean Krajacic, Associated Press

The judge presiding over Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial banned MSNBC from the Kenosha, Wisconsin, courthouse on Thursday, according to CBS News.

Police detained a man, claiming to be a freelancer for MSNBC, for trailing the jury bus and possibly taking photos of the jurors, the report stated.

Judge Bruce Schroeder called it a “very serious matter,” adding that it will be referred to proper authorities for further action, according to The Hill.

NBC issued a statement to several media outlets, which was tweeted out by Brian Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent.

  • “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,” adding, “We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation.”

Schroeder has made headlines during the trial for making controversial statements, calling the three men that Rittenhouse shot “rioters” or “looters” but not “victims.”

  • He has also been accused of being sympathetic toward Rittenhouse.
  • When it came to the jury, Schroeder allowed the teen, instead of a clerk, to pick his own by randomly drawing the numbers of six jurors who would be dismissed.

The jury reached a verdict Friday morning, Deseret News reported.