ABC, NBC Reporters Charged In Attempted Hastert Interviews

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Two national television news reporters 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, the Chicago Tribune reports. Brian Ross, chief investigative correspondent for ABC News, and Gabe Gutierrez, an Atlanta-based reporter for NBC Nightly News, were ordered to appear July 28 before Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo to explain their actions. Castillo could let them go with a warning, fine them or ban 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.

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