Judge Bruce Schroeder revealed the “extremely serious” development in the Rittenhouse case that an MSNBC producer had undertaken the sinister behavior of trying to expose Rittenhouse case jurors by following their jury bus.
The judge in the high-profile case explained what had happened and subsequently banned MSNBC from the court.
“Last evening, a person who identified himself as James J. Morrison and who claimed that he was a producer with NBC news, employed for MSNBC… and under the supervision of someone named Irene Byon in NY for MSNBC,” the Judge began.
“The police stopped him because he was following at a distance of about a block,” he continued. “And went through a red light. Pulled him over and inquired of him what was going on.”
“And he gave that information. And he stated that he had been instructed by Ms. Byon to follow the jury bus,” the Judge added. “The matter is under further investigation at this point. That’s the latest I have.”
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“He was ticketed for violating a traffic control signal,” he went on. “He’s not here today, from what I am told. I have instructed that nobody from MNSBC 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 a jury bus, that is a very, extremely serious matter,” the Judge concluded.
The Rittenhouse case has become a tinderbox of racial and political tension due in large part to the slanted and dishonest media coverage. Radical journalists at left-wing outlets are once again attempting to fuel race riots. But this brazen attempt by an MSNBC employee to learn more information about jurors, threatens again to cause a “mistrial with prejudice.”
Irene Byon was found to be an NBC producer. After the judge named her in the trial, she ‘nuked‘ her LinkedIn account. This is sufficient evidence that MSNBC, indeed, had crossed state lines to jury tamper.
Judge Schroeder lambasted the media’s coverage of the Rittenhouse trial on Wednesday.
Here are Judge Schroeder's full comments calling out the media for their "grossly irresponsible handling of what comes out of this trial." He also called the media's conduct "really quite frightening." pic.twitter.com/iGs3WB3tlx
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) November 18, 2021
“NBC Nightly News edits Judge Schroeder’s scathing criticism of the media and their ‘frightening’ coverage of the Rittenhouse case,” MRC’s Nicholas Fondacaro notes. “Reporter Gabe Gutierrez falsely suggested the judge was only talking about general ‘public criticism of the attorneys’ on both sides.”
The judge is deliberating whether or not to rule the Rittenhouse case a “mistrial with prejudice” after the defense’s motion pointed out the state had withheld potentially exculpatory video evidence that could clear its client.
The defense team’s motion was shared by Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobiec on late Tuesday night. It reveals the prosecutorial misconduct that would potentially lead to a “mistrial with prejudice.”
🚨BREAKING NEW MOTION: Kenosha prosecutors WITHELD VIDEO EVIDENCE from Kyle Rittenhouse Defense Team pic.twitter.com/pqk86hhqqu
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 17, 2021
The motion argues that the state has “repeatedly violated instructions from the Court, acted in bad faith and intentionally provided technological evidence which was different from theirs.”
In closing, the motion stated that the “defendant respectfully requests the Court find “prosecutorial overreaching” existed, that “overreaching was intentional and in bad faith,” and thereby grant the defendant’s motion for a mistrial with prejudice.
As earlier reported, there is a strong belief that the jurors are being intimidated. Reportedly, two of the jurors are afraid to come forward with their verdicts, citing “backlash,” according to Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobiec, who says his source is a U.S. Marshal in Kenosha.
More: Worried about media leaking their names, what will happen to their families, jobs, etc
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 16, 2021
They are “worried about media leaking their names, while will happen to their families, jobs, etc.,” he added. Posobiec also said the concerns included “doxxing threats from ‘anarchist groups’.”
Notoriously, Black Lives Matter activists have been caught attempting to dox the jury members in the case.
“This morning at the pickup there was someone there [who] was video recording the jury. The officers approached the person and required him … to delete the video,” Judge Bruce Schroeder told his courtroom Tuesday. “If it happens again” police are “instructed to take the phone” used to record the court, the judge added.
One prominent Minneapolis BLM activist named Cortez Rice, who was apparently close to George Floyd, said ominously that the jury is being watched.
“Cortez Rice, who is a BLM activist in Minnesota, says on video that jurors in the Kenosha trial of Kyle Rittenhouse are being photographed,” Wisconsin Right Now reported.
“The names of the jurors in the trial were sealed by the judge making it harder for them to be doxxed,” the report added. :However, the public has access to the court proceedings, where the jurors sit in plain view. Only journalistic pool photographers are allowed inside the courtroom.”
However, Rice told a different story on video.
“I ain’t even gonna name the people that I know that’s up in the Kenosha trial. But it’s cameras in there. It’s definitely cameras up in there. There’s definitely people taking pictures of the juries and everything like that,” Rice says in the video.
Rice later claimed that he did not know that people were spying on the Rittenhouse jurors.
Even the judge in the Rittenhouse case hasn’t been safe from intimidation in the self-defense trial in the form of threatening emails.
“Your Honor, I didn’t know that under your black robes of justice you wear a white robe of the klan,” one email read. “There is no way a fair trial can be heard under your supervision. Better yet, resign.”
“Enjoy your term, judge, it’s going to be your LAST,” another read. “If I ever meet you in person, I fully intend to spit directly into your face, regardless the cost. You’re disgusting.”
“Make sure and tell Schroeder what a worthless piece of s*** he is,” one email said. “He’ll find out officially when his heart seizes up in a few years and he has to stand before a real judge.”
Schroeder said he had received “thousands of communications.” He promised that he would “deal with” the threatening email senders. “I wouldn’t want to be those people,” he added.
On Tuesday, Tucker Carlson argued that the jurors haven’t reached an “obvious verdict” because they fear that “Biden voters” will riot.
“The average jury,” Carlson said, “reaches a verdict in just a few hours, so these jurors are taking much longer than most, but it’s probably not because the evidence they have heard is confusing them.”
Tucker argued the verdict is so obvious that “no honest person could reach a different conclusion” than Rittenhouse hadacted in self-defense.
“The question is why is it taking so long for this jury to produce a very obvious verdict?” Carlson asked. “Want the answer? Well, look outside the courtroom. There are hundreds of National Guard troops assembled tonight in Kenosha. Why are they there? Well, they have come in case Kyle Rittenhouse is acquitted.”
“If he is acquitted, pretty much everyone expects the usual mobs of Joe Biden voters to burn and loot and destroy,” he continued. “Why does everyone expect this? Because people on the left are openly calling for it.”
While Kenosha is now a tinderbox of racial and political tensions, and with threats being made by Black Lives Matter activists against jurors, the network is seeking to expose those jurors and open them up to more direct intimidation.
MSNBC is now far beyond a biased news source. It is a national threat to public safety.
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