Judge Peter Cahill has said that comments made by Congresswoman Maxine Waters could lead to the trial of Derek Chauvin being overturned during an appeal.
After defense attorney Eric Nelson slammed “U.S. representatives for threatening violence in connection to this case., Cahill said such calls to get “more confrontational” if Chauvin is not found guilty might have undermined the whole trial.
“I will give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something that might lead to this trial being overruled., Cahill said.
Prosecutors say that Waters’s comments were not necessarily a violent threat.
“I don’t know if this was a violent threat. I don’t know the context., prosecutor Matthew Frank said, adding that attorneys could allege evidence of possible threats from Waters into the record if they wanted to.
“I am aware of the reports. I’m aware that Maxine Waters was speaking directly about this case and the unacceptability of anything other than a murder conviction and about getting confrontational., he said.
The Minnesota judge showed his desire that politicians stop publicly speaking about the trial, saying their remarks are disrespectful.
“This goes back to what I have been saying since the start. I want officials to stop talking about this trial, especially in such a manner that is disrespectful to the judicial branch., he said. “I believe if they wish to give their opinions, they should do that in a respectful manner consistent with the Constitution. Their failure to do this is horrible.”