George Floyd Trial Could be Overturned Due to Maxine Waters Comments

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The presiding judge over the George Floyd murder trial, Judge Peter Cahill, said on monday that Maxine Waters inflamitory comments over the possibility of more violence depending on the verdict could result in the “whole trial being overturned.”

Derek Chauvin’s (the police officer responsible for Floyds death) lawyer said in court: “And it is so pervasive that it is I just don’t know how this jury it can really be said to be that they are free from the taint of this. And now that we have U.S. representatives, threatening acts of violence in relation to the specific case, it’s mind boggling to me, judge.”


Judge Cahill said: “Well, I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trail being overturned.” Watch:

Judge Peter Cahill had more to say on Maxine Waters comments:

“I’m aware that Congressman Waters was talking specifically about this trial, and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, and talk about being confrontational,” Cahill said. “But you can submit the press articles about that. This goes back to what I’ve been saying from 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 and our function.”

He continued: “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 co-equal branch of government. Their failure to do so I think is abhorrent, but I don’t think it has prejudices with additional material that would prejudice history, they have been told not to watch the news. I trust they are following those instructions, and that there is not in any way a prejudice to the defendant beyond the articles that we’re talking specifically about the facts of this case. A Congress woman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot. Anyway, so motion for mistrial is denied.”

Maxine Waters is in hot water after she made the following comments over the Trial for the murder of George Floyd.

“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking for a guilty verdict. And we’re looking to see if all of this [inaudible] that took place and has been taking place after they saw what happened to George Floyd,” Waters said. “If nothing does not happen, then we know that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice, but I am very hopeful and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”