A federal judge has dismissed contempt charges against ABC News correspondent Brian Ross and NBC News correspondent Gabe Gutierrez, reports the Associated Press. The two journalists were cited for violating court rules for media coverage of former Speaker Dennis Hastert‘s arraignment in Chicago June 9:
In court documents posted online Thursday, U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago accepted apologies from attorneys representing Brian Ross of ABC News and Gabe Gutierrez of NBC Nightly News during a closed-door meeting last week. The judge dismissed contempt filings.
Ross was cited after he allegedly tried to interview Hastert at a metal detector in the federal courthouse lobby and again near elevators. Gutierrez was cited after allegedly running through a closed security checkpoint to try to interview the former speaker.