Lawyer Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, slammed Rep. Maxine during an interview following the guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on all counts – pointing out that the verdict could be overturned thanks to her actions.
“The irony of what Congresswoman Waters did. She borrowed the playbook of the Ku Klux Klan from the 1920s and 1930s. They would stand outside of courtrooms, and they would threaten violence,” Dershowitz told Newsmax.
“This violates the separation of powers. It insults the integrity of the independent judiciary, and Congresswoman Waters ought to be ashamed of herself. What she did was disgraceful.”
In another interview on Newsmax, Dershowitz said that Chauvin’s conviction should be overturned because the jury was tainted by outside influences.
“Well, first what was done to George Floyd by officer Chauvin was inexcusable morally, but the verdict is very questionable, because of the outside influences of people like Al Sharpton and people like Maxine Waters,” he said.
“Their threats and intimidation and hanging the Sword of Damocles over the jury and basically saying, if you don’t convict on the murder charge and all the charges, the cities will burn, the country will be destroyed — seeped into the jury room because the judge made a terrible mistake by not sequestering the jury.”
“So the judge himself said this case may be reversed on appeal. And I think it might be reversed on appeal, I think it should be reversed on appeal,” he continued.
“I think the American Civil Liberties Union, which would be all over this case if it weren’t a racially charged case, all Americans who care about due process and liberty should be concerned that the jury verdict may have been influenced by, if not the thumb, maybe even the elbow of the outside pressures, the fears, the threats.”
“Every juror in that room knew about these threats. And when they sit and deliberate, they have to be saying to themselves, consciously or unconsciously, if I would render a verdict other than a murder verdict, what the consequences will be for me, my family, my friends, my business,” he concluded.
“That should never, ever, be allowed to seep into a jury room. So I have no real confidence that this verdict, which may be correct in some ways, but I have no confidence that this verdict was produced by due process and the rule of law rather than the influence of the crowd.”
Dershowitz later said that “the whole judicial system has been corrupted by identity politics and by the weaponization of the criminal justice system toward particular agendas.”
Candace Owens, host of The Daily Wire’s “Candace,” similarly said the verdict in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin is a product of “mob rule,” not justice.
Owens slammed the verdict, as well as the media and Democrats’ calls to gin up unrest in advance of the jury’s decision.
“It’s the wrong verdict, in my opinion. And I think it’s indicative of the fact that we now live in mob rule,” Owens said, adding that Chauvin’s trial was “polluted from start to finish.”
Owens said that the media began manipulating the facts of the case and building a false narrative around Floyd almost from the moment he died. She expressed surprise that the Minneapolis Police Department held on to police bodycam footage of Floyd’s arrest while video shot by a bystander echoed around the internet and the media for months playing into the false narrative.
“When I watched the full tape, I was astonished that they didn’t think to just at least add this context so that people understood, yes, this person was high out of his mind. He asked to be put on the ground. He was resisting arrest,” Owens said.
“The media said he was just getting his life together … He had moved to Minnesota. Yes, he had been in prison in the past, but he was just helping the youth. And everyone was crying and, oh my gosh, this man is getting a second chance at life, and maybe had the wrong idea or whatever it was, was using counterfeit bills and somebody called the police and was killed. He was brutally murdered on the basis that he was black,” Owens said, summarizing the dominant media narrative.
“And then they successfully hid every piece of evidence that would have transformed public opinion.”
“To me I think, the saddest part of this is that, what we need to acknowledge is that right now, mob rules,” she added. “The media creates the mob, and the mob rules, and that’s what we just saw play out.”
Author: James Washington