Judge Says Maxine Waters Comments Could Be Cause For Appeal In Derek Chauvin Murder Trial

Written by Carmine Sabia

OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion

California Rep. Maxine Waters’ big mouth may have just handed former police officer Derek Chauvin a proverbial get out of jail free card.

After the prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments in the case on the death of George Floyd, the judge in the case said that Rep. Waters comments made this weekend could be cause for an appeal if Chauvin is convicted, The New York Times reported.

“An elected official, a United States congressperson, was making what I interpreted to be — what I think are reasonably interpreted to be — threats against the sanctity of the jury process,” Chauvin’ attorney, Eric J. Nelson, said.

Judge Peter A. Cahill absolutely scorched Rep. Waters in his response, in which he declined to declare a mistrial in the case.

“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” the judge said.

“I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that’s disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function,” he said, adding that it is disrespectful the “coequal branches of government.”

“Their failure to do so is abhorrent,” he said.

His comments came on Monday, after the comments by Waters were heard at a protest for Floyd and for Daunte Wright, who was also killed in a confrontation with police.

“I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that says guilty guilty guilty,” she “And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”

She made it known that she was referring to a murder conviction and no less than that. When reporters asked what people should do if there was not a guilty verdict she 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.”

This weekend the 82-year-old representative told a crowd of protesters that they need to be “more confrontational” if former police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of murder in his trial, after killing George Floyd.

This is a sitting United States congresswoman demanding a guilty verdict from a jury and threatening consequences if the verdict she demands is not delivered, but now top leaders are talking about taking action.

“Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis — just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi doesn’t act against this dangerous rhetoric, I will bring action this week,” House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy said on Twitter.

This came after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican firebrand, said that she would bring a proposal to have Rep. Waters removed from Congress this week.

“Very soon I’ll be introducing a resolution to expel @RepMaxineWaters from Congress for her continual incitement of violence on innocent American people. Rep Waters is a danger to our society,” she said.

“After traveling across state lines to incite riots, her orders recorded on video last night at the Brooklyn Center, directly led to more violence and a drive by shooting on National Guardsmen in Minnesota early this morning.

“As a sitting United States Congresswoman @MaxineWaters threatened a jury demanding a guilty verdict and threatened violence if Chauvin is found not guilty. This is also an abuse of power,” she said.

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But Rep. Waters did something that she likely did not want the protesters to whom she was speaking to know about as she talked about protesting against the police.

The representative requested a police escort to travel with her to the protests, Townhall reported.

New documents obtained by Townhall show Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters requested an armed police escort to Minneapolis over the weekend, where she called for violent activists to “stay in the streets” during a protest against law enforcement. 

Waters flew from Dulles International Airport to Minnesota-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday, April 17, just days ahead of a verdict in the George Floyd, Officer Derek Chauvin trial.