Derek Chauvin’s Defense Calls For A Mistrial Due To Maxine Waters’ Comments
Apr 20 2021
"Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters' behavior-that's why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these unsafe comments".
Censure is essentially a formal denouncement of an elected official's actions, which can be adopted by one or both houses of Congress.
Cahill said he wished "elected officials would stop talking about this case" but said that the jury had been instructed not to watch the news and therefore Waters' comments could not prejudice the jury and warrant a mistrial. Even so, the judge criticized the congresswoman for demanding a conviction and calling for protesters to get more "confrontational". Fox News said that Waters "appeared to incite protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota".
"I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty", Waters said Saturday in response to a reporter's question. "If nothing does not happen, then we know that we got to not only stay in the street, but we have got to fight for justice", she added.
After 14 days of testimony, hearings and presentation of evidence a jury of 12 people are now deliberating the fate of former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin, accused in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.
Conservatives have seized on Waters' comments, saying she is inflaming tensions as Minneapolis looks to prevent looting and destruction that occurred after Floyd's death a year ago. Greene has drawn her own scrutiny for her extreme views, including at one point promoting baseless QAnon conspiracy theories. "They've handled this with great dignity and no ambiguity or lack of misinterpretation by the other side", Pelosi said.
When pressed by reporters on the judge's comments that her remarks could be grounds for appeal, she said, "Oh no, no, they didn't", CNN reported.
Waters: "I didn't hear you".
Steve Scalise, a Republican lawmaker who was shot in 2017 by a left-wing gunman, demanded Democrats and the media condemn Ms Waters' remarks.
Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene said she would introduce a resolution to kick Waters out of the House, a highly unlikely scenario.
"Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the Civil Rights movement".
He said she was "passionate" and has "never advocated violence".
A spokesman for Waters didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 19, 2021.
If a mistrial is declared, a defendant is not convicted but is not acquitted either.
Waters has served in Congress since 1991 and is the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee. And you push back on them.
Ms Waters denied the violent protests, which left more than 60 people dead, more than 2,000 injured and hundreds of millions of dollars in property destroyed, should be defined as a riot. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable.