The judge in the Derek Chauvin trial blasted Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters for her “abhorrent” comments calling for violence in the streets.
Judge Peter Cahill excoriated the California Congresswoman after she appeared on TV to urge protesters to riot in the streets if they don’t get the verdict they want against Chauvin.
Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson asked for the case to be dismissed over Waters and her comments. He argued that the jury had been hopelessly biased thanks to Waters and her comments.
“It is so pervasive. I just don’t know how this jury can really be said to be that they are free from the taint of this,” Nelson said on Monday. “Now that we have U.S. representatives threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case, it’s mind-boggling to me, judge!”
Judge Cahill agreed that Waters may have handed Chauvin a small victory. “I will give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” he said.
Judge Peter Cahill rips Rep. Maxine Waters for "abhorrent" comments over the weekend on the trial:
"I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law." pic.twitter.com/8QHDXcmaTI
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 19, 2021
“This goes back to what I’ve been saying from the beginning. I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law, and to the judicial branch and our function,” Cahill said.
“I think if they want to give their opinions they should do so in a respectful and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution to respect a coequal branch of government,” the judge added.
“Their failure to do so is abhorrent!” he said.
Still, he hoped the jury would not have seen Waters’ comments.
“A congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot. Anyway,” Cahill said.
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