The judge in the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Peter Cahill, blasted Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for comments she made to protesters about the trial and how protesters should react if they didn’t get the verdict they wanted.
Cahill was responding to a request by Chauvin defense lawyer Eric Nelson to declare a mistrial in the case after Waters’ comments were publicized by the media.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” he said, but denied the motion for a mistrial.
Later, he said, “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. I think if they want to give their opinions, they should do so in a respectful, and in a manner that is respectful to the Constitution, to respect the co-equal branch of government.”
He concluded, “Their failure to do so, I think, is abhorrent, but I don’t think it has prejudiced this, with additional material that would prejudice this jury. … A congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot.”
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