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Maxine Waters Blasts Chauvin Trial Judge as 'Not Credible'

Democrat claims judge 'way off track' to link her to appeal, blames 'QAnon' for outrage

 on 25th April 2021 @ 6.00pm
maxine waters claims the judge in derek chauvin s trial is  not credible © press
Maxine Waters claims the judge in Derek Chauvin's trial is 'not credible'

Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has slammed the judge in ex-cop Derek Chauvin's murder trial as "not credible."

Waters attacked Judge Peter Cahill after he criticized inflammatory remarks that she made before the guilty verdict was reached by the jury.

The California congresswoman claims Cahill was “way off track” to say that her comments, calling for unrest if Chauvin was not found guilty, may cause an appeal in the case.

Waters made the remarks during a CNN interview with Jim Acosta on Saturday.

She also claimed, without evidence, that she was being attacked by Republicans over her comments.

She alleged that the GOP is behind the outrage because they want to distract from “QAnon.”

judge peter cahill said maxine waters  comments would likely give grounds for an appeal © press
Judge Peter Cahill said Maxine Waters' comments would likely give grounds for an appeal

CNN played Cahill’s remarks from the trial where he criticized Waters:

"I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trail being overturned. …

"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. …

"A congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot.

"Anyway, so motion for mistrial is denied."

Asked to respond to those comments, Waters claimed that the judge “walk[ed] it back.”

She claimed that he was “angry” and “frustrated” with the amount of publicity that the case was receiving.

"And of course, he was way off track,” Waters claimed.

"And he knows that, in fact, the jurors were not in the room, the jurors had an oath not to look at television, not to read the newspapers, not to engage with people on this.

"And so he knows that there was no interference with the jurors.

"But he was basically frustrated and angry, I believe, but I’m very pleased that there are those who are beginning to write about Judge Cahill’s basic comments.”

"And one thing that I read that came from someone from CNN was that the judge was all off track.

"And he knows that this is not the cause of an appeal,” she concluded.

"Most of the time [when] you have a case like this, they’re going to appeal it anyway.

"But to say that I’m going to cause an appeal really is not credible, and whether or not they have an appeal, and even if they mention my name, like the judge says, my comments, whatever, it don’t matter anyway.”

WATCH:

derek chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter for killing george floyd © press
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter for killing George Floyd

TRANSCRIPT:

JIM ACOSTA, CNN HOST: But looking back, why was it important for you to use that word “confrontational” at the time?

REP. MAXINE WATERS (D-CA): Well, let me just say that you’re absolutely correct in, you know, reading what I wrote about what had happened in Minneapolis, and what is happening in this atmosphere that we’re in. I have been involved with dealing with police abuse for many, many years. It started many years ago in Los Angeles with the killing of a woman named Eula Love, and Daryl Gates was the police chief that use charcoals to kill black men, and also a battering ram to tear down the doors of people in the black community. And so, I have also lived with the fact that so many young, unarmed men in particular, and women are being killed by the police, and the black community is afraid of the police. And these young boys who are getting stopped, they think they may have a better chance of running than sticking with the police, because the police may, as was so called happened with Daunte, in Minneapolis, get killed by mistake, or just get killed by the police, shot in the back. It is a very, very uneasy time in the black community. The mothers and the fathers and the family are afraid for their children and particularly young black man to be on the street, thinking that they’re going to get stopped, and they will not get back home. They are counseling constantly their children, if you get stopped, please don’t say anything. Please show your hands. Please say yes, sir. Do everything that you can do to keep from being killed because we can’t guarantee you that the people that we pay to protect and serve you will do that rather than kill you.

And so, Martin Luther King was familiar with racism, and discrimination, and he was familiar with how tough it is to break up the established order of the day. And that was by, you know, white supremacists, who basically created harm to all in the black community for the most part, and so he created something called the C Project. The C Project was the confrontation project. The confrontation project is a non-violent project that dealt with sit-ins, marches, praying, organizing, and so confrontational does not mean violence. I’m a non-violent person, Martin Luther King taught non-violence, and we must be about resisting, however, and we must be about educating, and we must be about trying to protect our children. And so confrontation is being misused. And as I said, there’s an attempt by the Republicans to divert attention from the fact that they are aligned with violent people, QAnon.

ACOSTA: Congresswoman.

WATERS: Yes.

ACOSTA: Congresswoman, let me just ask you though, because the judge, as you know, the judge in the Derek Chauvin case, also came out strongly against your remarks. Let’s listen to that.

[START VIDEO]

JUDGE CAHILL, PRESIDING OVER DEREK CHAUVIN TRIAL: I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trail being overturned. … 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 in our function. … A congresswoman’s opinion, really doesn’t matter a whole lot. Anyway, so motion for mistrial is denied.

[END VIDEO]

ACOSTA: What did you think of that? What was your response to the judge when you saw that?

WATERS: Well, he did walk it back. And as you said, he closed with congresswoman’s opinion doesn’t matter. And I think he was angry, I think he may be frustrated with this case and how much world publicity is on it and all of that. I’ve talked with a lot of legal scholars and lawyers. And of course, he was way off track. And he knows that, in fact, the jurors were not in the room, the jurors had an oath not to look at television, not to read the newspapers, not to engage with people on this. And so, he knows that there was no interference with the jurors. But he was basically frustrated and angry, I believe, but I’m very pleased that there are those who are beginning to write about Judge Cahill’s basic comments.

And one thing that I read that came from someone from CNN was that the judge was all off track. And he knows that this is not the cause of an appeal. Most of the time when you have a case like this, they’re going to appeal it anyway. But to say that I’m going to cause an appeal really is not credible, and whether or not they have an appeal, and even if they mention my name, like the judge says, my comments, whatever, it don’t matter anyway.

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