Judge Peter Cahill, overseeing the trial of Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, has slammed the “abhorrent” failure of politicians to respect judicial proceedings after left-wing Democrat congresswoman Maxine Waters told protesters to “stay on the streets” if Chauvin is acquitted.
“We’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business” said Waters after a week of left-wing rioting following the shooting of wanted criminal Duante Wright, who was shot while trying to escape arrest. The rioting has already seen businesses looted and street fires started by left-wing thugs.
Responding to Waters’ sick remarks, Judge Cahill said: “I’m aware of the media reports. I’m aware that Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial, and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, and talk about being confrontational. But, you can submit the press articles about that.
“But 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 respecful manner and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the constitution – to respect a co-equal branch of government.”
He did however deny the defence’s call for a mistrial following the comments, saying: “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, beyond the articles that were talking specifically about the facts of this case. A congresswoman’s opinion really doesn’t matter a whole lot.”
Last night a large mob of left-wing activists marched past Hannepin County Courthouse chanting “Chauvin guilty” in an outrageous act of apparent intimidation that would almost certainly violate British contempt of court laws.