Rep. Maxine Waters may have provided the defense reason for a mistrial in the Derek Chauvin case. Attorney Alan Dershowitz believes it should have been thrown out already.
Today the judge in the Derek Chauvin case noted that Maxine Waters may have provided the defense reason for the whole case being overturned if former police officer Chauvin is charged with any of the charges laid against him.
Townhall reported earlier today:
As the jury began deliberations in the trial of Derek Chauvin Monday evening, the former Minneapolis police officer’s legal team raised several concerns with the judge over outside influence impacting the jurors judgement.
Chauvin’s lawyers pointed out that jurors were not sequestered during the case and therefore may not be free from outside influence in the form of news updates they may have inadvertently or purposefully seen along with ongoing violence in the community surrounding the Chauvin trial and approaching verdict.
Among their concerns, Chauvin’s defense team pointed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and her appearance with demonstrators in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, over the weekend.
Even though the judge denied the defense’s motion for mistrial, he highlighted the damage her rhetoric may have done, saying “Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”
Chauvin trial Judge Peter Cahill responds to defense request for a mistrial over comments by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA):
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.” pic.twitter.com/jPp7zl0iGd
— The Recount (@therecount) April 19, 2021
Tonight Attorney Alan Dershowitz was on with Newsmax’s Grant Stinchfield where he shared that he believes the judge should have already called a mistrial in the Chauvin case after the threats from Maxine Waters over the weekend. Dershowitz said:
Well, first of all the judge should have granted a motion for mistrial based on the efforts of Congresswoman Waters to influence the jury. Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury. If you acquit or you find the charge less than murder we will burn down your building, we will burn down your businesses. We will attack you. We will do what happened to a witness, blood on their door.
This was an attempt to intimidate the jury. It’s borrowed precisely from the Ku Klux Klan of the 1930’s…