Kent County jury bused to courthouse


UPDATE: It has been determined that MSNBC did not photograph the jury inside the courtroom.

Jurors were bused to the Kent County Courthouse for the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, as part of the case, after concerns were raised that the jury pool has been covered with media in previous trials in the Kent County Courthouse.

In previous cases, media members were not allowed to attend.

Just after 9 a.m. ET, a bus, but not the jury, arrived for the Kent County Courthouse. The jurors were ushered in front of the courthouse’s main entrance. There was already a blue gated area that the jurors could enter into, flanked by police. Those who were not permitted by staff could enter from a gated parking lot. There is a special family lane. That was closed off to cars before the bus arrived.

Those who were allowed in the area were those with official badges, not press members. CNN had already heard that media members were being refused admittance, by court security.

There was also another security presence at the back of the main entrance, as well as outside the courtroom where the jurors were brought.

Jurors left the courthouse at 1:45 p.m.

Court officials said the jury will be sequestered. There will be another vote in the case.

As of this morning, there were 141 jury members in Kent County Common Pleas Court for Rittenhouse’s trial. Prosecutors and defense lawyers will use this point to question them again to see if they changed their minds.

Prosecutors allege Rittenhouse wanted to be in the courtroom to see Judge Joseph Klaas.

You can read more about it here.

In another case involving a district judge, Deborah Willis was ousted in 2015 by a large margin, for wrongful termination. That case has never been resolved, because of nearly a half-dozen continuances.

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