Rep. Maxine Waters calls out Chauvin trial judge: 'He was way off track'

Chauvin’s attorney asked for a mistrial in the case citing Waters’ charged remarks to protesters prior to the jury being sequestered. The Minnesota judge on the case, Peter Cahill, denied the request but rebuked Waters’ remarks from the bench as “disrespectful to the rule of law.” He said Waters’ comments may have presented an avenue for Chauvin to appeal and have the “whole trial being overturned.”

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But Waters pushed back Saturday on Cahill’s characterization.

“He was way off track,” Waters said of the judge in an interview with CNN. “… He knows that there was no interference with jurors.”

“To say that I’m going to cause an appeal really is not credible,” Waters added.

Waters traveled to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota last weekend to show support for protesters who were demonstrating against the killing of Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man who was shot by a police officer on April 11. After her remarks to the crowd, Waters stopped to talk to reporters where she said she’s looking for a guilty murder verdict against Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was on trial for killing George Floyd.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, as she waits for the verdict to be read in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, as she waits for the verdict to be read in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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