MSNBC banned from Rittenhouse trial after freelancer suspected of tailing juror van

MSNBC has been banned from the courtroom for the duration of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, Wis., after a freelancer for the NBCUniversal-owned news channel was cited for a traffic incident Wednesday near the van carrying jurors.

Bruce Schroeder, the presiding judge in the case who has been critical of some of the media coverage, revealed the ban Thursday from the bench of the courtroom where Rittenhouse is standing trial for the murder of two people during a 2020 civil disturbance in Kenosha.

Schroeder said a car driven by James Morrison, who identified himself as an employee of MSNBC, was stopped by police after allegedly violating a traffic control signal. He had been driving about a block behind the van that transports the jurors from the courthouse.

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