Judge admonishes Maxine Waters’ comments on Chauvin murder trial as ‘abhorrent’

Andrew Cummings
April 20, 2021

On CNN Monday, former federal prosecutor and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Elliot Williams tore into Derek Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson for trying to argue the calls to protest a not guilty verdict by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) are grounds for a mistrial - something Judge Peter Cahill promptly rejected.

The congresswoman on Saturday said she was "going to fight with all of the people who stand for justice" and urged others to do the same, saying, "We've got to get justice in this country, and we can not allow these killings to continue".

Waters, 82, joined protesters in Brooklyn Center - a suburb of Minneapolis - on Saturday for the seventh night of demonstrations following the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who died earlier this month when a white Minnesota police officer fatally shot him.

Asked what demonstrators should do over the days ahead, she continued: "We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational".

"And it is so pervasive that it is I just don't know how this jury it can really be said to be that they are free from the taint of this", the lawyer representing Derek Chauvin said.

Waters' comments have drawn reproach from many Republicans. "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. The jury who will decide if Chauvin is criminally responsible for the death of George Floyd was not sequestered during the trial itself, and will only be sequestered now during their deliberations.

Cahill said that he was aware of Waters' comments about "the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction and talk about being confrontational".

Like Nelson, Cahill took issue with the Congresswoman's comments.

At the time, Waters maintained she did not intend to incite violence by her comments and said Trump and others were deliberately mischaracterizing her words.

Waters' comments could have repercussions for Chauvin's legal case too.

"Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement", Pelosi said.

Asked if she believed Waters' comments have incited violence as Republicans have suggested, Pelosi responded: "No, absolutely not". McCarthy also says if Pelosi doesn't take action against Waters, he will. McCarthy's options are limited as Republicans are in the minority, but he could take several symbolic steps, including calling for a censure of Waters, even if Democrats would block such an action.

Rep. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) said Democrats' refusal to punish Waters is hypocritical. Greene was removed from her committee assignments in February after she indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians several years ago. She made headlines in 2018 when she encouraged supporters to harass Trump administration officials in public over its family separation policy at the border.

Republicans called for a congressional censure of Ms Waters, but Democrats said she had no reason to apologise.

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