Dershowitz, "I've Never Heard Judge Advise Defense."
Alan Dershowitz said, “ I’ve never heard a judge advise a defense attorney he had a good case for appeal as he did this week when Judge Peter Cahill said the words of Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., likely gave him a case for overturning Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict on appeal.”
“I’ve done 250 appeals over a 50-year career,” Dershowitz said, “I don’t think I’ve ever remembered [a] judge giving me an appellate issue, telling me you have an appellate issue.”
Judge Cahill said “Waters’ comments at a public gathering the night before were unacceptable.”
“Such actions simply proved that the jury should have been sequestered from, day one.” Dershowitz said.
Chauvin, was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the death of George Floyd after 10 hours of deliberations.
Chauvin held his knee on Floyd for 9 minutes, 29 seconds despite pleas from onlookers who filmed the event with cellphone cameras and from Floyd himself.
Police experts testified that Chauvin improperly used a restraint technique on Floyd.
“Every mayor in the city, every police chief, the president of the United States, all understood that if there was a verdict less than murder in this case … it would mean violence in the streets,” Dershowitz said. “And if every mayor and every police chief and the president knew it, how could the jurors not know it? They were not sequestered.”
“The case should be reversed and Chauvin given a new trial in a different jurisdiction”, he continued. Dershowitz, “I expect the case to go to the U.S. Supreme Court within two years.”
Dershowitz; “Chauvin should be allowed out on bail during that time.”