Two national television reporters cited for violating media security rules at former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment last month won't face sanctions after their attorneys apologized to a judge.
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.
According to court documents, the attorneys were shown video clips of the reporters violating the rules.