A journalist that was reportedly working for MSNBC took things a bit too far for Judge Bruce Schroeder’s liking.
According to reports, a freelance journalist working for the network followed the jury van.
When Judge Schroeder found out about it, he banned the network from covering the trial.
The journalist reportedly was tailing the jury van when he ran a red light and was pulled over.
An NBC spokesperson stated, “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.
“We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation.”
Judge Schroeder, upon hearing the news, immediately issued a ban.
He stated, “The jury in this case is being transported from a different location in a bus with windows covered … Last evening a person who identified himself as James J. Morrison, and who claimed that he was a producer with NBC News, for MSNBC … police, when they stopped him, because he was following in the distance of about a block and went through a red light, pulled him over and inquired of him what was going on and he gave that information and stated that he had been instructed by Mrs. [MSNBC booking producer Irene] Byon to follow the jury bus.”
He continued, “He was ticketed for violating a traffic control signal, he’s not here today from what I’m told and I have instructed that no one from MSNBC News will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial.
“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 an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action.”
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The jury in this case continues to deliberate with the outcome of the trial still up in the air.
Requests were made for more videotape evidence for the jury, as well as a motion being filed by the defense for a mistrial with prejudice.
We will continue to follow the story and update once a verdict comes in.
Source: Fox News