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Lawyer Alan Dershowitz said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) used Ku Klux Klan tactics to “intimidate the jury” in the Derek Chauvin trial.
“First of all, the judge should have granted the motion for a mistrial based on the efforts of Congresswoman Waters to influence the jury,” Dershowitz told Newsmax TV.
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“Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury: ‘If you will acquit or if you find the charge less than murder, we will burn down your buildings. We will burn down your businesses. We will attack you. We will do what happened to the witness—blood on their door,'” Dershowitz said Monday.
He added that “threats and intimidation and hanging the ‘Sword of Damocles’ over the jury — basically saying that if you don’t convict on the murder charge or all the charges, the cities will burn, the country will be destroyed — seeped into the jury room because the judge made a terrible mistake by not sequestering a jury,” Dershowitz said.
He predicted that the case will be “reversed on appeal.”
The jury was only fully sequestered on Monday, after Waters’ comments and many others.