Derek Chauvin was convicted of manslaughter, second-degree murder, and third-degree murder, however, Judge Cahill is concerned that due to remarks made by Maxine Waters, the Court’s ruling may be overturned, according to The Western Journal.
Waters said, “We’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
Maxine Waters is marching in Brooklyn Center tonight and told people to take to the streets if Chauvin is acquitted pic.twitter.com/RemfvCCLAn
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 18, 2021
“There is a high probability that members of this jury have seen these comments, are familiar with these comments and things that have happened throughout the course of this trial,” defense attorney Eric Nelson stated.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”
“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.”
"I will give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned," says Judge Peter Cahill to Derek Chauvin's lawyer Eric Nelson pic.twitter.com/ArQX8xl7dH
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 19, 2021
“I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict, which is — I think it’s overwhelming, in my view.”
WATCH: Pres. Biden talks about Derek Chauvin trial while the jury is sequestered during deliberations: "I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict, which is—I think it’s overwhelming, in my view."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 20, 2021
Nancy Pelosi thanks George Floyd for being murdered pic.twitter.com/na0Fjoj891
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 20, 2021
From The Western Journal:
As Fox News noted, rioters around the country were already looting retail stores, throwing things at police officers and burning businesses. It’s unclear what Waters had in mind in calling for a “more confrontational” approach, but it would surely be dangerous.
As such, defense attorney Eric Nelson suggested to Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill that these statements should result in a mistrial.
He said Monday that “an elected official, US congressperson” issued statements which “I think are reasonably interpreted to be threats against the sanctity of the jury process,” according to a CNN trial transcript.
While Cahill ultimately denied the motion to declare a mistrial, he agreed that Waters’ comments could spell disaster for the prosecution in an appeal.
Cahill is correct that politicians, particularly those on the left side of the aisle, have inserted themselves into this case at a level that we have rarely seen in America. President Joe Biden said Tuesday before the verdict was reached that he was praying for a conviction.
This is an outrageous thing for a president to say. Suggesting that the jury must do the “right” thing, which in Biden’s mind had already been decided, is completely counter to the way the justice system is supposed to work.
Even after the verdict, some leftists praised the decision by arguing that demonstrators had helped to secure the guilty verdict.
After inappropriately thanking George Floyd for dying, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that the “thousands, millions of people around the world who came out for justice” played a key role.
What Pelosi and others on the left don’t seem to understand is that this kind of rhetoric is an admission of a problem. If protesters or rioters directly influenced the jury’s decision, that would be inappropriate and should result in a reversal on appeal.