ABC News correspondent Brian Ross and NBC News correspondent Gabe Gutierrez have been ordered to appear before a U.S. District Chief Judge next month following accusations they violated federal orders during their coverage of Dennis Hastert‘s arraignment Tuesday.
Gutierrez was detained briefly and fined $50 for failure to obey posted signs inside the Dirksen Federal Building. He walked backwards through a magnetometer while trying to question the former Speaker of the House following his court appearance.
Ross was cited for violating the general order prohibiting interviews anywhere other than in a roped-off media bullpen in the lobby.
TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky interviewed Ross not long after Hastert arrived at the federal building amid a media frenzy.
The Chicago Tribune reports the judge could let them off with a warning, levy a larger fine or ban them from the courthouse.