This past Thursday, the person overseeing the trial of teenager Kyle Rittenhouse, Judge Bruce Schroeder, allowed a female juror’s request to go through when she asked to take a full set of jury instructions to her home.
“Can you take the jury instructions home? Um, uh, uh, yes,” answered Judge Schroeder right after a moment of pondering on the question. As he thought over his decision, the team in charge of the defense was seen shaking their heads, seemingly saying no.
Once the jury had been dismissed for the day, the judge made note that the defense team showed their obvious disapproval. Mark Richards, the aforementioned defense attorney, stated to Judge Schroeder that he was concerned about allowing the instructions to be taken out of the court and would only end up leading to some kind of internet search.
This concern from the defense was quickly dismissed as the judge claimed that jurors could do an internet search with or without the packet containing the full jury instructions on hand at their house.
In the wake of a brief argument, the judge dismissed the court for the day, which marks a third full day of jury deliberation. the full jury of 12, along with the six alternatives, will be sent home for the evening and are scheduled to return to the courthouse on Friday morning in order to continue their deliberation.
As is standard procedure, the Judge ordered the jurors to avoid going on or looking at any social media concerning the case and to refrain from talking about the case with anyone outside of the jury while they are away.
Earlier on in the day’s proceedings, Schroeder issued a ban on MSNBC from the premises for the remainder of the event after someone from MSNBC was stopped as they tried to tail the jury’s sealed bus. As reported by The Daily Wire:
Schroeder explained the situation to the courtroom after receiving a report that police on Wednesday night had detained and ticketed a man claiming to be a producer for MSNBC. Police pulled the man over after he ran a red light while following the jury’s bus from about a block away, Schroeder said.
“The jury in this case is being transported from a different location in a bus with the windows covered so that they aren’t exposed to any signs by one side or another or interests in the case, so I’m going to call it a sealed bus, and that’s been done every day and they’re brought here to this building,” the judge said.
Schroeder went on to explain that a person claiming to be a producer at the left-wing network did so under orders from a higher-up in New York.
“Police, when they stopped him because he was following at a distance of about a block and went through a red light, pulled him over and inquired of him what was going on. He gave that information and stated that he had been instructed … to follow the jury bus,” Schroeder said.
“The matter is under further investigation at this point, and the media has asked questions about it. That’s the latest I have,” he continued. “He was ticketed for violating a traffic control signal. He is 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.”
Schroeder added that the matter would be referred to the “proper authorities” for further investigation.