MAXINE Waters has said the Derek Chauvin trial judge who criticised her for comments head of the verdict is “way off track”.
The California Democrat aroused the ire of Judge Peter Cahill, who said Waters' comments at a rally in the city on could even see the guilty verdict appealed and overturned.
Waters, 82, had been widely criticized after telling protesters to "stay on the street and get more active, more confrontational" if Chauvin was not found guilty.
She made the comments following the police-shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and the release of bodycam footage of the killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago.
But Waters has now told CNN that she thought the judge was “angry” adding “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,” she said.
“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.
“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.”
Following her comments, Republicans like Ted Cruz, Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene denounced the representative, with Greene even calling for her expulsion from Congress.
Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, is planning a resolution to censure Waters over her comments.
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Judge Cahill said the former Minneapolis police officer will be sentenced in eight weeks.
Speaking about Water’s comments, he said: “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.”
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