Judge: Maxine Waters Has Created A Potential Appeal By Chauvin

Marco Green
April 20, 2021

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said on Monday that he planned to introduce a resolution to censure Rep Maxine Waters, D-Calif., for "dangerous" comments she made during a trip to Minnesota over the weekend.

"I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty", Waters said Saturday in response to a reporter's question.

"We 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. "The law presumes that jurors can take in and internalize the instructions from the court, and the court has instructed the jurors I guess twice at the beginning and at the end, number one not to watch the news, and number two anything they see to set aside, and they were picked on account of their ability to do so". "If Speaker Pelosi doesn't act against this risky rhetoric, I will bring action this week". He later tweeted that he planned to bring a censure resolution against Waters. In an interview with theGrio that was published on Monday morning, Waters said she was "nonviolent" and said her remark about being "confrontational" was in regard to changing the justice system in the US.

Judge Cahill said: "I give you that congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this trial being overturned".

The judge said he wished "elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law". "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 agreed that Nelson would be allowed to supplement the record, but added that he was "aware of the media reports", and that "Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial, and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, and talking about being "confrontational".

The incident triggered days of protests in a state already on high alert pending the verdict in the case of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, an unarmed black man a year ago. The jury who will decide if Chauvin is criminally responsible for the death of George Floyd was not sequestered during the trial itself, and will only be sequestered now during their deliberations.

A spokesman for Waters didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

On Monday, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Democratic-controlled Senate, blasted Ms Waters, saying: "It's harder to imagine anything more inappropriate than a member of Congress flying in from California to inform local leaders, not so subtly, that this defendant better be found guilty or else there'll be big trouble in the streets".

At the time, Waters maintained she did not intend to incite violence by her comments and said Trump and others were deliberately mischaracterizing her words.

The House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said on Twitter that he was introducing a resolution to censure Waters "for these risky comments".

"If this was said by a Republican, you know. that the majority in this chamber would move to strip that representative of their committees and possibly move to expel them from Congress", she said on the House floor without naming Waters.

Waters said she was in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Saturday night to show her support for protesters amid ongoing protests over the police killing of Daunte Wright and to also support his family. Neither were seriously injured.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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