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Rep. Waters Scoffs at Chauvin Trial Judge Who Said Her Reckless Words Could ‘result in this whole trial being overturned’

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The backlash over Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) inflammatory remarks to a group of Black Lives Matter protestors in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Saturday night continues to grow.

On Monday, defense attorney Eric Nelson asked Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the Derek Chauvin murder trial, to declare a mistrial due to prosecutorial misconduct and Waters’ comments. Nelson cited the fact that “an elected official, U.S. Congressperson” made public statements that “I think are reasonably interpreted to be threats against the sanctity of the jury process” which amounted to “threatening and intimidating the jury.”

Cahill declined. However, he told the court, “I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,”

Fox News reporter Chad Pergram reported that, when Waters was asked if her comments could result in Chauvin’s “eventual acquittal,” she replied that “The judge says my words don’t matter.” Pergram’s source was Fox’ Capitol Hill reporter Caroline McKee.

For those who may have missed it, Waters told protestors, “We’re looking for a guilty verdict.” And if Chauvin is acquitted, she said we need to take to the streets and “get more confrontational.” Below is a clip from the event. I posted about this story here.

The judge’s response can be heard in the video below.

“This goes back to what I’ve been saying from the beginning,” Cahill said. “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.”

“I think if they want to give their opinion they should do so in a respectful and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution to respect a co-equal branch of government. Their failure to do so, I think, is abhorrent, but I don’t think it’s prejudiced us with additional material that would prejudice this jury.”

Cahill concludes that “a Congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot.”

If Chauvin is found guilty of any of the three charges against him, it’s highly likely he will appeal. Before Waters’ foolish, incendiary remarks, he had any number of reasons to appeal. First, his legal team would argue that it was impossible for Chauvin to have a fair trial in the city of Minneapolis. Given the notoriety of the George Floyd case, it would be impossible for him to have a fair trial anywhere. But that would have been only a starting point for an appeal.

Waters’ words have handed him a gift. She stepped way out of her lane on Saturday night. And some are already tying a drive-by shooting of the National Guard in Minneapolis that occurred several hours after Waters spoke to BLM protestors.

Waters may believe that because she has the support of party leaders such as Nancy Pelosi, this story will go away. She may be surprised to find that the fallout has just begun. Ironically, she may ultimately be responsible for producing the outcome she’d feared the most – the full exoneration of Derek Chauvin.

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