A couple of network Reporters are in hot water with a Chicago Judge.
ABC's Brian Ross and NBC's Gabe Gutierrez face possible sanctions in federal court in Chicago for allegedly violating media security rules by trying to question former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert during the media frenzy at his arraignment Tuesday on criminal charges.
Ross and Gutierrez were ordered to appear before U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo on July 28 to explain their actions. If Castillo decides sanctions are appropriate, he has a range of options, including letting them go with a warning, hitting them with a fine or banning them from the courthouse.
According to the three-page filing naming Ross, the veteran news reporter tried to interview Hastert while the former speaker was going through a metal detector in the courthouse lobby and again while Hastert was walking to an elevator bank.
Ross' actions — which were captured by various news crews filming Hastert's arrival at the courthouse and later shown on newscasts — violated the general order prohibiting interviews anywhere other than in a roped-off media bullpen in the lobby, according to the filing.
A separate filing accused Gutierrez of attempting to interview Hastert as he left the courthouse after pleading not guilty to the charges. Several deputy U.S. marshals and court security officers "observed Gutierrez run in the wrong direction through a closed security checkpoint in an attempt to interview" Hastert, the filing said.
Neither news organization could be immediately reached Thursday night for comment.
H/T Chicago Tribune