Juries Begin Third Day Of Consideration; Police Suspect Person Caught Following Jurors Attempted To Take Photos – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – Jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial began their third day of discussions on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a person was interrogated and ticketed after being caught following the bus used to bring jurors to and from the courthouse, suspected of attempting to take pictures of the jury on Wednesday evening.

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Judge Bruce Schroeder called it a “very extremely important matter” because the jury is anonymous. The jurors are transported to and from court in a bus that has its windows covered to prevent the jury from seeing any protests outside the courthouse.

Schroeder said the man ran a red light following the bus, and while being questioned claimed to be a producer for NBC News, working for MSNBC, and was instructed to follow the jury bus, but it is not clear whether this was true.

“This is a very serious matter, and I don’t know what the ultimate truth about it is,” he said.

The judge said the incident remains under investigation, but MSNBC staff will not be allowed in court for the duration of the trial.

Kenosha Police said the man has received several traffic violations, and the case remains under investigation.

“Police suspect this person was trying to photograph jurors. This incident is much more investigated,” police said in a statement. “There was no breach of security regarding the jury, nor were photos obtained.”

Jurors completed a second day of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict, but spent about 45 minutes reviewing a video of the case.

Meanwhile, problems around the video prompted the defense to request a null lawsuit again.

Jurors have been discussing about 16 hours over the last two days so far.

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About two hours into its second day of deliberations on Wednesday, the jury asked the judge to watch some of the videos that were presented at trial.

Prosecutors said jurors should be able to watch any of the videos of the shootings as many times as they want, but defense attorneys objected to allowing the jury to see a drowning video of Rittenhouse shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum, and the defense team is seeking a null trial. over that video, claiming that prosecutors provided them with a lower quality version of the video, which was inappropriate.

“We got a compressed version that wasn’t of the quality they had,” said defense attorney Corey Chirafisi. “That doesn’t seem fair to me.”

This was the second demand for annulment, which prosecutors rejected and called “inappropriate.”

Prosecutors said they sent the defense the same version of the video they received, and believe it was transferred from the prosecutor’s Apple phone to the defense attorney’s Android phone, the file was compressed during transfer. When both sides later learned that the defense had received a low-quality version of the video, prosecutors provided the defense with the higher-quality version.

Schroeder said he would allow jurors to watch the drone video if they want to see it, but he also wants to hear from experienced witnesses outside the jury’s presence regarding the dispute over the quality of the video the defense team received, and if exists. problems with the handling of the video, could cause the case to collapse in case of an appeal.

Jurors heard from more than 30 witnesses over two weeks of testimony.

Rittenhouse, 18, faces five criminal charges in the August 2020 shootings that killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, during a chaotic night of protests in Kenosha over the Jacob Blake police shooting. Rittenhouse was 17 at the time of the shootings.

A total of 500 National Guard soldiers stand in case of possible disturbance once a verdict is reached.

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