Maxine Waters’ comments may provide a defensive basis for appeal


A judge presided over the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin said Saturday’s “rude” remarks by Congressman Maxine Waters may provide a basis for appealing and overturning the trial. He said he couldn’t.Prosecution and defense lawyer Closing argument provided on Monday.

Waters, D-California, Participated in Protest at Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on April 17 Told the media “We are looking for a conviction” in Chauvin’s trial.

“If nothing happens, we know … we have to not only stay on the street, but fight for justice. I have great hope. Guilty, guilty , Convicted, otherwise you can’t leave. ” video According to WCCO-TV.

Chauvin has been accused of killing George Floyd, a black man who died in May 2020 after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes.

After finishing the argument, Judge Peter Kerrhill dismissed the defense request for the illegal trial, partly based on Waters’ remarks.

Without conviction, Mr. Cayhill said waters-affected protesters could be more confrontational.

“Congress Woman Waters may have given you some appeal that could overturn the entire trial,” Chauvin told Chauvin’s lawyer.

“I would like the elected officials to stop talking about this case, especially in a rude manner to the rule of law and the judiciary,” the judge later said.

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Waters confirms that if Chauvin is acquitted, demonstrators will be “more aggressive,” “more confrontational,” and “they know that we mean business.” Encouraged to “do”.

Protest continued 20-year-old Dantelite shooting death Former police officer Kim Potter during a transportation stop last week at the Brooklyn Center on the outskirts of Minneapolis. She later resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Station.

Chauvin’s trial was still in progress.

Prosecutor Matthew Frank told Kay Hill that Waters’ remarks should not be allowed to be part of the court record.

“I don’t know if this particular representative poses a particular threat of violence. I don’t know what the context of the statement is,” Frank said. “I don’t think the vague allegations of what happened without the very concrete evidence provided through the court can muddy the record.”

Cahill allowed the defense to supplement the record with a news article about Waters’ remarks.

“I know Congressman Waters was talking specifically about the case, and about the unacceptable things other than the murder conviction, and about being confrontational,” Cayhill said. “If (representatives) want to give their opinion, I think they should respect the equivalent departments of government in a way that is consistent with their pledge to the Constitution.”

“I think it’s a shame that they didn’t, but I don’t think they hurt us with any additional material that would hurt the jury,” he continued. “The opinion of the House of Representatives isn’t really that important.”

Pelosi protects Waters

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Interview with Annie Grayer on CNN Monday.When Waters was asked if she needed to apologize for her comment, the speaker answered, “No, she doesn’t.”

“Maxin talked about the conflict in the way of the civil rights movement, and I think I should take the initiative from the George Floyd family,” CNN said. “They treated this with great dignity and there was no ambiguity or lack of misunderstanding by the other side. No, no, I don’t think she should apologize.”

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Some Republicans rushed to condemn Waters’ comments.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Tweet Sunday about plans to take action against lawmakers.

“Maxin Waters is instigating violence in Minneapolis, just as she was instigating it in the past. If Chair Pelosi does not act against this dangerous rhetoric, take action this week. Wake up, “McCarthy wrote.

After the parliamentary riots on January 6, McCarthy said former President Donald Trump was “responsible” for the violence, but later became a much milder tone.

“I don’t think he caused it when I heard what he said at the rally,” McCarthy said of the rally Trump that took place before the attack.

Senator Republican Senator Mitch McConnell called Waters’ comment “beyond the pale” on the house floor on Monday.

“It’s hard to imagine anything more appropriate,” McConnell said. SaidAccording to CNN’s Lauren Fox. “Policymakers should focus on actually making policies.”

More: The Biden administration contacts the city and describes possible anxieties when Derek Chauvin’s jury reaches a verdict.

Saturday, Waters I told the online magazine The Grio She is non-violent.

“”[When] “We’re talking about confronting the judiciary, confronting the police in progress, and speaking,” said Waters. “We’re talking about legislation. I’m talking about legislation. I’m an elected civil servant managing the budget and billing. I’m talking about doing what it takes to pass. “

“I’m not worried that they will continue to distort what I say. This is their appearance, this is their behavior, and I will not be bullied by them,” she continued.

Waters has faced criticism in the past. Pelosi and Senate leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y.Joined the Republican Party Condemn Water’s 2018 statement To activists “Push back” A member of the Trump Cabinet who supported immigrant family separation policies at the southern US border.

This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Judge Chauvin said Congressman Waters’ comments could lead to an appeal