THE judge in Derek Chauvin's murder trial blasted Rep. Maxine Waters on Monday for what he described as an "abhorrent" intervention after she called for BLM protesters to be "more confrontational" if he's acquitted over the death of George Floyd.
Judge Peter Cahill told the court in Minneapolis that Waters' comments at a rally in the city on Saturday could even see a guilty verdict appealed and overturned - after ex-cop Chauvin's attorney argued the jury has been unduly influenced.
"I'm aware that Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction and talk of being confrontational," said Cahill, who is presiding over Chauvin's trial.
"This goes back to what I've been saying in the beginning, I wish 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 in our function," he continued.
Cahill's comments come after defense attorney Eric Nelson pushed for a mistrial after five hours of closing arguments, pointing to Waters' comments as well as heightened media attention as cause.
"Now that we have US representatives threatening acts of violence in relation to this trial it’s frankly mind-blowing," Nelson said.
Chauvin judge BLASTS Maxine Waters for ‘threatening violence’ over trial and warns a guilty verdict could be overturned
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