Rittenhouse Judge Bans MSNBC from Courthouse After Freelancer Follows Juror Bus


A man confirmed to be a freelancer for NBC followed a bus assigned to take jurors in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse home on Wednesday.

Rittenhouse is facing charges related to the shootings of three men during the racial justice riots that occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 25, 2020.

On Day 13 of the trial — the jury’s third day of deliberations — Judge Bruce Schroeder went live on the trial’s broadcast to inform the media about what happened.

According to Schroeder, the jurors in this trial are being transported to the courthouse from another location via a “sealed bus” with the windows covered.

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“Kenosha police reported someone followed the bus carrying the Rittenhouse jurors last night while claiming to work for MSNBC,” Townhall’s Julio Rosas reported on Twitter.

“It is under investigation. No one working for MSNBC will be allowed inside the courthouse for the duration of the trial.”

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On Wednesday evening, “a person who identified himself as James Jim Morrison” who was later identified as a freelancer with NBC was caught by police following the bus from a distance.

Police noticed the man after he ran through a red light, according to Schroeder.

He was then ticketed for violating a traffic control signal.

The man told police he had been instructed by his producer — a woman he calls “Irene Byon” in New York — to follow the bus.

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There is a woman by the name of Irene Byon who works for NBC News as a booking agent and is based out of San Diego, California, according to her Linkedin profile.

“I have instructed that no one from MSNBC News will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial,” Schroeder said.

“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 the jury bus — that is a very, that’s an extremely serious matter.”

Schroeder then said the matter would be “referred to the proper authorities” for further investigation.

A spokesperson for NBC News confirmed that the freelancer received a traffic citation near the jury bus.

“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,” the spokesperson said.

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

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Michael Austin joined The Western Journal as a staff reporter in 2020. Since then, he has authored hundreds of stories, including numerous original reports. He also co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of supervising staff reporter. His responsibilities now include directing the reporting team.
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