The judge in the Rittenhouse trial banned MSNBC from the courthouse on Thursday. An MSNBC freelance reporter/photographer identified as James J. Morrison was reportedly instructed by his producer, Irene Byon, in the York office to follow a jury bus associated with the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Police stopped the reporter about a block behind the jury bus for running a red light.
Irene Byon LinkedIn profile has been since deleted.
According to the judge, the jury is transported in a “sealed bus,” where all the windows are covered, and the occupants inside are not visible. Judge Bruce Schroeder explained that when police inquired about his activity, Morrison told him he had been instructed by his producer Irene Byon “to follow the jury bus.”
Jury intimidation is a serious matter, especially in high-profile cases like this one. The Rittenhouse trial has been one of the most widely followed trials in recent memory. Judge Shroeder admonished:
“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 a jury bus, that’s an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action.”
NOW – Person allegedly from NBC/MSNBC was instructed to follow the jury bus in the #Rittenhouse trial. Judge orders to exclude the two news outlets from the trial pending further investigation. pic.twitter.com/OLFDI4yfog
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