Kyle Rittenhouse trial: judge bans MSNBC from court after man arrested for allegedly photographing jurors

The judge presiding over Kyle Rittenhouse’s double homicide trial banned MSNBC from the courtroom after police arrested a man who claimed to work for the outlet, allegedly trying to photograph jurors.

Kenosha Police Department reported that the man was “briefly taken into custody” on 17 November but “there was no breach of security regarding the jury, nor were there any photos obtained”.

After jurors began arguing for a third day on Nov. 18, Judge Bruce Schroeder said a man who claimed to work with MSNBC was following a “sealed bus” with covered windows that was transporting jurors to the courthouse when he was running a traffic light. He received several traffic-related citations, according to the Kenosha Police Department.

He told the court that “none of MSNBC News” will be allowed in the building for the duration of the trial.

“This is a very serious matter, and I don’t know what the ultimate truth about it is,” Judge Schroeder said. “But absolutely, it would go without much consideration that someone following a jury bus is an extremely serious matter, and will be sent to the appropriate authorities for further action,” Judge Schroeder called the incident an “extremely important matter.”

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Rittenhouse faces five crimes after fatally shooting two men and injuring another in the aftermath of police brutality protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin on 25 August 2020.

Jurors consulted for nearly 17 hours, starting Thursday morning.

Now in its 14th day, the trial – which is televised – has attracted international news attention, which has drawn the judge, defense lawyers, prosecutors and proceedings into a 24-hour news cycle and party political coverage.

For two weeks, jurors watched more than a dozen videos, including live streams, an interview Mr. Rittenhouse gave moments before he shot his gun, body footage footage and an aerial video of the FBI.

They also heard testimony from police, people who witnessed the shootings, the man who survived, and Mr. Rittenhouse himself.

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