The verdict on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial has been announced: NOT GUILTY on all counts.
According to credible reports that surfaced on Thursday, the jurors were split on the decision. A reporter from outlet Newsmax pointed to multiple media reports that claim they overheard Mark Richards, Rittenhouse’s attorney, claiming that he thinks the jury was split 6-6.
Multiple reports of juror intimidation also surfaced, along with NBC News and MSNBC blatantly trying to expose the jurors to doxxing.
The Judge said “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 then said that the police stopped Morrison because the man was following at a distance of around the block, and proceeded to run a red light. The police pulled the man and asked what was going on.
According to the Judge, the man gave the information and said that he received instructions from Ms. Byon to follow the bus that the jury rode. Currently, the matter is under further investigation.
He went on to say that Morrison received a ticket for going against a traffic control signal. The Judge then pointed out that the man in question is reportedly not present in the courtroom at the time. He then revealed that he gave out instructions that no person from MSNBC would be allowed to enter the building for the trial. The Judge explained that this incident bears a serious matter, and while he doesn’t know the full story, to people it would be obvious that someone following the jury bus “is a very, extremely serious matter.”
The then subsequently banned reporters from the said media outlet from entering court premises. Meanwhile, NBC News argues that the police had mistaken the person’s intent.
NBC’s public relations team called the man a freelancer, and it claimed that despite the traffic violation being made near the jury van, the person never contacted nor tried to contact any of the jury members during the deliberation. NBC also said that he never took photos of them nor did he intend to do so.
The NBC producer was revealed to be Irene Min Joo Byon. Following her naming by the judge in the trial, she emptied her LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.
After this, the judge had thought about whether or not to rule the Rittenhouse trial as a “mistrial with prejudice” following the defense’s motion pointing out that the state had withheld likely-exculpatory video footage that could clear the name of its client.
Meanwhile, Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobie shared the defense team’s motion. This motion has revealed that “prosecutorial misconduct might potentially lead to a ‘mistrial with prejudice.’”
It also argued that the state has repeatedly gone against Court instructions, “acted in bad faith, and intentionally provided technological evidence which was different from theirs.”
Multiple reports have substantiated that efforts to intimidate the jurors existed. According to reports, two of the jury members felt scared coming forward with their decision, citing the “backlash” that may happen, per Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobliec.
🚨BREAKING NEW MOTION: Kenosha prosecutors WITHELD VIDEO EVIDENCE from Kyle Rittenhouse Defense Team pic.twitter.com/pqk86hhqqu
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) November 17, 2021
He said feel worried about media outlets leaking their names to the public and about what may happen to their families and jobs. Posobiec also mentioned some of their concerns, including “doxxing threats from ‘anarchist groups’.”
More: Worried about media leaking their names, what will happen to their families, jobs, etc
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) November 16, 2021
In connection to this, it seems activists part of the Black Lives Matter movement have been caught trying to dox some jurors in the case.
According to Judge Bruce Schroeder, on the morning of that day, someone was at the pickup, recording the jury. He added that officers approached the individual and insisted for the video to be deleted. The judge warned that if this happens again, authorities have been given the instruction to take the phone a person has used to record.
Cortez Rice, a prominent BLM activist from Minneapolis, who was allegedly close to George Floyd, ominously said that the jurors are being watched. On video, Rice said that members of the jury of the Rittenhouse case are being photographed, per a Wisconsin Right Now report.
It added that the names of the members were, luckily, sealed by the judges so they’re harder to be accessed for doxxing. However, it noted that the public still has access to court proceedings, in which the jury sit in the people’s plain view. It also noted that only photographers from a journalistic pool are allowed to enter the said courtroom.
Meanwhile, Rice shared a different story on video.
He said: “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.”
He then claimed later on that he wasn’t aware that people were spying on the trial jury members. Even the judge in the said case could not escape the intimidation as he received some via threatening emails.
The trial for Kyle Rittenhouse has turned into a tinderbox of racial and political tension, largely because of the heavily biased and dishonest media coverage.