While a jury ponders the future of Derek Chauvin, his legal team seeks trial over US Representative Maxine Waters' recent comments on the case.
On April 17, Waters said of Chauvin's trial that if the former Minneapolis police officer is not found guilty, "we need to stay on the streets and get more active. We need to get more." confrontational. We have to make sure they know we mean business. "
Chauvin's attorney Eric Nelson argued that Waters' comments could have hurt the jury and that there should be a mistrial.
"We have US officials threatening violence in relation to this particular case. It is mind-boggling," Nelson told Hennepin District Judge Peter Cahill.
Cahill turned down the application for a mistrial, but criticized Waters' comments.
"I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in ways that didn't respect the rule of law, the judiciary or our role," said Cahill.
"If you want to express your opinion, you should do so … in a way that is consistent with your constitutional oath," Cahill continued.
However, Cahill indicated that Rep Maxine Waters' testimony could result in the appeals trial being overturned.
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After 14 days of testimony, hearings and submission of evidence, a 12-person jury is now deliberating on the fate of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Chauvin is charged with second and third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. He faces up to 40 years in prison.