What were Mad Maxine Waters and Joe Biden thinking? Do they want Chauvin’s conviction overturned so their minions can once again run wild in the streets? Was the lack of mayhem because Chauvin was convicted disappointing to them, so they want a different outcome? After all, can’t get the base riled up when you get your way, now can you. For whatever reasons, their statements could get the case reversed. That would be justice.
FNC: “Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction was met with widespread approval among those seeking justice for George Floyd, but the trial’s outcome may not be set in stone thanks to remarks from influential political leaders such as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and President Biden himself. Waters, who had visited Minnesota before the verdict was announced, said that if Chauvin is not convicted of murder, protesters should ‘stay in the street,’ ‘get more active,’ and ‘get more confrontational.’ In a New York Post op-ed, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy warned that this alone would be grounds for appeal. ‘Because of her, this isn’t over,” McCarthy wrote.
McCarthy said that Waters went to Minnesota “to interfere in its judicial system.” He opined that “her remarks can only be interpreted as an incitement to violence” and that she “ought to be under investigation.” Biden had also said “praying that verdict is the right verdict” and that “I think it’s overwhelming, in my view.”
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McCarthy said that this “is no excuse” for making those remarks. “He is a lawyer and former Senate Judiciary Committee chairman who well knows that sequestration does not make jurors impervious to prejudicial publicity. And if he’s been following the case as he claims to have been, he knows trial judge Peter Cahill has pleaded that public officials stop commenting on the trial — under circumstances where, even before the Bidens and Waters piped up, there was already substantial reason to doubt that Chauvin could get a fair trial in Minneapolis.”
No sitting President should be publicly weighing in on how a jury should rule in a pending criminal matter. No president, liberal or conservative, democrat or republican.
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 20, 2021
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said that “sometimes a fair trial is difficult to conduct” and that “it is certainly not helpful for a member of Congress, and even the president of the U.S. to appear to be weighing in in public, while the jury is trying to sort through this significant case.”
Randy Zelin, head of the criminal practice at Wilk Auslander LLP and an adjunct professor of law at Cornell University, told press that the defense has “so many different directions for the defense to go” in arguing that the trial was not fair, including Waters’ comments and Biden’s. So stay tuned. This is not over.
This piece was written by David Kamioner on April 22, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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