Chauvin trial judge: Rep. Waters’s remarks could lead to “whole trial being overturned” on appeal

by Jenny Mount · Apr 20th, 2021 11:23 am

Last Updated Apr 22nd, 2021 at 1:47 pm

The judge who is presiding over the case involving the death of George Floyd said that remarks made by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) over the weekend could lead to the "whole trial being overturned" on appeal.

"And it is so pervasive that it is I just don't know how this jury it can really be said to be that they are free from the taint of this," Derek Chauvin's lawyer said to Judge Peter Cahill on Monday. "And now that we have U.S. representatives, threatening acts of violence in relation to the specific case, it's mind boggling to me, judge."

Cahill responded saying, "Well, I'll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned."

"I'm aware that Congressman Waters was talking specifically about this trial, and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, and talk about being confrontational," Cahill continued. "But you can submit the press articles about that. 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."

Cahill said that a "Congresswoman's opinion really doesn't matter a whole lot," before saying that the motion for a mistrial was denied.

🔦 House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that he is introducing a measure to censure Waters for her remarks, which will result in her losing the position as chairwoman on the House Financial Services Committee if it passes.


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