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The judge overseeing former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd said Monday that Rep. Maxine Waters’ comments could be grounds for appealing a verdict in the trial.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” Judge Peter Cahill told defense attorney Eric Nelson on Monday.
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The judge rejected the defense’s request for a mistal, but he did slam Waters – calling her comments “abhorrent” and “disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function.”
“A congresswoman’s opinion does not matter a whole lot,” the judge said.
Nationally-syndicated talk radio host Todd Starnes called for Judge Cahill to declare a mistrial and for Waters to be expelled from Congress.
“Congresswoman Waters all but told the jurors that unless they find Officer Chauvin guilty that their city will be burned down,” Starnes said.
Chauvin trial judge denies the defense's request for a mistrial, BUT he did SLAM Maxine Waters for her threatening comments in Minnesota this weekend to jurors, calling them "abhorrent" and "disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function." pic.twitter.com/rAoa1QvcqZ— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 19, 2021
Over the weekend Waters had called for protesters to “stay on the street” and “get more confrontational” if Chauvin is acquitted in Floyd’s killing.
“We’ve got to stay in the street and demand justice,” Waters said to reporters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
“We’re looking for a guilty verdict and we’re looking to see if all of the talk that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd. If nothing does not happen, then we know that we got to not only stay in the street, but we have got to fight for justice,” the California lawmaker added.
The defense had moved for a mistrial Monday over recent publicity in the case, including TV shows and comments by Waters, CNN reported.