Judge bans MSNBC when jury in Kyle Rittenhouse trial deliberates for third day

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KENOSHA – Jurors in the Wisconsin murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse deliberated on a third day Thursday, as the judge banned MSNBC from the courthouse because a man who said he worked for the network was arrested by police after driving behind the jury bus.

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Rittenhouse, 18, is charged with the murder of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and attempted murder in the injury of Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, during a chaotic night of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin , August 25, 2020.

Kenosha has been on edge since the start of the highly impartial trial more than two weeks ago, with the safety of the jury in charge of authorities.

A person who said they have links to MSNBC, and who was suspected of following a bus carrying the jury, was briefly arrested Wednesday night and issued a subpoena for operating a red light, the trial judge said.

MSNBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“I have instructed that no MSNBC News will be allowed in this building for the duration of this trial,” Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder said. “This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth about it is.”

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Earlier, the Kenosha Police Department said it had arrested someone claiming to be at national media for traffic violations. It said they suspected the person was trying to photograph jurors, but that jury security was not broken.

The jury of seven women and five men has so far spent about 17 hours weighing two weeks of testimony, which included considerable evidence in support of Rittenhouse’s claim that he used his weapon after being attacked. He faces life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

During the last hour on Wednesday, the jury watched videos in evidence, including drone footage of the Rosenbaum shooting and videos of the subsequent shootings of Huber and Grosskreutz and the attempted shooting of an unidentified male.

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Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, pleaded not guilty and testified last week that he fired his weapon in self-defense. He said Rosenbaum, the first person he shot that night, grabbed the barrel of his gun.

Defense attorneys made a new request for a lawsuit on Wednesday, saying prosecutors withheld the high-definition version of a drone video in evidence and improved it to portray Rittenhouse as a threat. Prosecutors have denied the defense’s indictment.

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The shootings took place in Kenosha during protests – marred by arson, rioting and rioting – that followed the police shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, who was left paralyzed from the waist down.

The trial emerged as the most closely watched case involving civilian self-defense since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the deadly shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager, in 2013. Like Zimmerman, Rittenhouse became a polarizing figure, viewed as heroic by some expansionist supporters. gun rights and as a symbol of reckless American gun culture by many on the left.

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