"Maxine Waters' Protest Could Mean Whole Trial Being Overturned", Derek Chauvin judge:
Deliberations began Monday in the Derek Chauvin trial, but Rep. Maxine Waters, may have insured an appeal.
Hennepin County Court Judge Peter Cahill rejected a defense request for a mistrial over comments made by Ms. Waters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota protest, but acknowledged that she may have insured an appeal for Mr. Chauvin if he is found guilty.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” Judge Cahill told the court.
He rejected the mistrial request, declaring that “a congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot,” after Ms. Waters said that protesters should “get more confrontational” and “stay on the streets” if the jury acquits Mr. Chauvin in the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
The judge said he wished that elected officials would give their opinions “in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the constitution.”
“Their failure to do so I think is abhorrent, but I don’t think it has prejudiced us with additional material that would prejudice this jury,” Judge Cahill said.
He noted that the jurors had been instructed to avoid all media coverage, but if they were paying attention, the message would be loud and clear: Find the former Minneapolis officer guilty in Floyd’s death, or else.