(PatriotWise.com)- By now, we know that former police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all charges in the George Floyd murder case, but before the decision was made the trial judge slammed far-left Rep, Maxine Waters for risking a mistrial by allegedly advocating for violence.
A defense lawyer representing Chauvin cited Rep. Waters’ comments about Minnesota protesters over the weekend, in which she called for people to get even “more confrontational” if the jury decides that Chauvin isn’t guilty.
“And now that we have [a] U.S. representative … threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case, it’s mind boggling,” attorney Eric Nelson told the court.
It prompted Judge Peter Cahill to say that he wished elected officials like Waters would stop referencing the then-ongoing case “especially in a matter that is disrespectful to the rule of law” to allow the judicial process to play out instead.
“I think if they want to give their opinions, they should do so in a respectful and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution, to respect a coequal branch of government,” the judge added.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” Judge Peter Cahill also told defense attorney Eric Nelson on Monday.
It means that, now that the trial has come to an end, Chauvin’s lawyers could bring the case back to court in an appeal, arguing that the decision made by the jury was influenced by Maxine Waters’ comments and fears that choosing not to convict Chauvin could result in more violence.
And after 2020 saw some of the biggest riots in American history, costing an estimated $2 billion in damage, that was likely a very real fear for the jury.
On Tuesday, the 12-person jury found Chauvin guilty on all counts, which included second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin’s defense moved for a mistrial on Monday following Maxine Waters’ comments, and in case you missed them, be sure to take a look at the clip below.
So Rep. Maxine Waters went to the unrest in Brooklyn Center last night and told people to “stay on the streets” and “get more confrontational”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 18, 2021
Can you imagine what they’d say about a Republican member of Congress for appearing to advocate violence so directly?