Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) comments on what people should do if the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial does not convict him of murder are an attempt to “intimidate the jury,” according to Judge Peter Cahill.
He condemned the congresswoman and says her words do not warrant a mistrial but could be grounds for appeal.
Rep. Waters’ message on the streets of Minneapolis where tensions are running high: “If the verdict is not guilty…get “confrontational and fight.”
Judge Cahill denied the motion for mistrial but said he wished that elected officials would stop talking about the case and respect the co-equal branch of government.
He called Waters’ actions abhorrent and disrespectful to the rule of law and the judicial branch and its function. “A congresswoman’s opinion really does not matter a whole lot,” said Cahill.