Jurors begin on the third day of deliberations; MSNBC Freelance Police Ticket for Running Red Light While Following Jurors Carrying Bus – CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) – With day three of jury deliberations underway in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial, the judge banned MSNBC from the courthouse, after police suspected one of his freelancers was following the jury bus and trying to take pictures of the jurors.

Judge Bruce Schroeder said James J. Morrison was questioned and fined after being caught following the bus used to bring jurors to and from the courthouse on suspicion of attempting to take pictures of the jury on Wednesday evening. In a statement, the network acknowledged that Morrison was a freelance writer but “never contacted or intended to contact jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them.”

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Schroeder called this a “very extremely serious matter” as the jury remains anonymous. Jurors are transported to and from the courthouse in a bus with the windows covered to prevent the jury from seeing protests outside the courthouse.

The judge said Morrison turned on a red light as he followed the bus and, during questioning, said his boss told him to follow the jury bus, but it is not clear why.

“This is a very serious matter, and I don’t know what the ultimate truth is,” Schroeder said.

Schroeder said the incident was still under investigation, but MSNBC staff would not be allowed to enter the courthouse while the trial was ongoing.

Kenosha Police said the man had been convicted of several traffic violations.

“The police suspect that this person was trying to photograph the jurors. This incident is being investigated much further, ”police said in a statement. “There was no breach of security regarding the jury, and no photographs were obtained.”

Jurors completed a second day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict, but spent about 45 minutes reviewing video evidence in the case.

Meanwhile, issues with the video prompted the defense to re-ask for the trial to be quashed.

So far, jurors have deliberated for around 16 hours in the past two days.

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About two hours into their second day of deliberations on Wednesday, the jury asked the judge to view some of the videos shown at trial.

Prosecutors said jurors should be able to watch any of the videos of the shooting as many times as they want, but defense attorneys objected to the jury being able to view the Rittenhouse drone video. shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum, and the defense team demand that the trial be set aside. on that video, claiming that prosecutors provided them with a lower-quality version of the video, which was inappropriate.

“We got a compressed version, which was not the quality they had,” defense attorney Corey Chirafisi said. “It doesn’t feel right to me. “

It was the second call to quash the trial, which prosecutors dismissed as “inappropriate.”

Prosecutors said they sent the defense the same version of the video they received, and believe that since it was transferred from a prosecutor’s Apple phone to a defense attorney’s Android phone , the file was compressed during the transfer. When both sides later learned that the defense had received a lower quality version of the video, prosecutors provided the defense with the higher quality version.

Schroeder said he would let jurors watch the drone video if they want to see it, but he also wants to hear from expert witnesses outside of the jury’s presence regarding the dispute over the quality of the video the team received. defense, and if there are issues with the processing of the video, it could tip the matter over if appealed.

Jurors heard from more than 30 witnesses during two weeks of testimony.

Rittenhouse, 18, faces five felony charges in the August 2020 shooting that killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, on a chaotic night of protests in Kenosha against the police shooting against Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse was 17 at the time of the shooting.

A total of 500 National Guard soldiers are on standby for possible disturbances once the verdict is delivered.

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