Outspoken U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) attended a protest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this week during which she delivered some inflammatory remarks about the response to the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.
After declaring that more “confrontation” would be needed if the jury declines to convict Chauvin in connection with George Floyd last year, the judge in the case issued a clear message to the California Democrat.
“You can submit the press articles”
According to Breitbart, Judge Peter Cahill denied a defense motion to declare a mistrial over the political interjection, but he went on to brutally scold Waters for her “abhorrent” remarks.
Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, made the case for a mistrial by asserting that an elected official made public statements that could serve to taint the jury.
“I’m aware of the media reports, I’m aware that Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial, and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, talked about being controversial — but you can submit the press articles about that,” the judge advised.
He reiterated his earlier plea that “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,” insinuating that Waters had done that in recent remarks.”
“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,” Cahill added.
“My words don’t matter”
Nevertheless, he did not find that the comments had an immediate effect on the jury’s decision, citing his earlier instruction for jurors to avoid media reports.
For her part, Waters did not seem concerned about the backlash that resulted from her comments even though the judge speculated that they could potentially serve as the basis for a future appeal to overturn a possible conviction.
The congresswoman chose to focus on another portion of Cahill’s determination, declaring: “The judge says my words don’t matter.”
Republicans on Capitol Hill are pressing forward with an attempt to censure Waters and several of her fellow Democrats are reportedly upset with her outburst.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, said she does not believe Waters should apologize, adding: “I myself think we should take our lead from the George Floyd family. They’ve handled this with great dignity, and no ambiguity or lack of — misrepresentation by the other side.”