“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 says
The judge presiding over the murder trial of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin blasted Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for making “abhorrent” comments that were “disrespectful to the rule of law.”
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill told Chauvin’s defense lawyer Eric Nelson on Monday that Waters’ telling protesters to get “more confrontational” may have given the defense a potential appeal if Chauvin is convicted, but denied his motion for a mistrial.
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result on this whole trial being overturned,” Cahill said.
“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. 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 prejudiced us with additional material that would prejudice this jury. 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.”
“A congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot,” he added.
This comes as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced he would introduce a resolution to censure Waters after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Waters’ behavior.
The jury in the trial have been sequestered and deliberations have begun. Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Watch the judge’s full remarks: