Judge admonishes Maxine Waters’ comments on Chauvin murder trial as ‘abhorrent’

Judge In Chauvin Trial Says Maxine Waters' Attempt To Gin Up Violence Could Lead To Jury Verdict Being Overturned.

Censure is essentially a formal denouncement of an elected official's actions, which can be adopted by one or both houses of Congress.

The defense had moved for a mistrial Monday over recent publicity in the case, including TV shows and comments by Waters. "Does the president agree with what she said about getting more confrontational?" a reporter asked Psaki.

"But Cahill shut it down because in his view there will be outside forces and coverage of the trial and that there is no way to avoid it", Henderson said.

At a protest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Maxine Waters told protesters to "stay on the streets" if ex-officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the case.

"I just don't know how this jury can really be said to be free from the taint of this, and now that we have U.S. representatives threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case, it's mind-boggling to me judge", he added.

Waters told demonstrators to "stay in the street" and become "more confrontational" and to "make sure that they know that we mean business", if Derek Chauvin is not found guilty of killing George Floyd.

Conservatives have seized on Waters' comments, saying she is inflaming tensions as Minneapolis looks to prevent looting and destruction that occurred after Floyd's death previous year.

The House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said on Twitter that he was introducing a resolution to censure Waters "for these unsafe comments".

Derek Chauvin trial to resume on Monday
The defense wrapped up its case on Thursday morning, with Judge Peter Cahill asking Chauvin if it was his decision not to testify. Chauvin, 45, is charged with second and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd.

What did Maxine Waters say?

Of the curfew, Ms Waters said: "I don't think anything about curfew".

Waters has come under sharp criticism in the past, including from fellow Democrats, for comments she has made about Republicans.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives, defended Ms Waters, insisting on Monday she had no reason to apologise. "The law presumes that jurors can take in and internalize the instructions from the court, and the court has instructed the jurors I guess twice at the beginning and at the end, number one not to watch the news, and number two anything they see to set aside, and they were picked on account of their ability to do so".

He said she was "passionate" and has "never advocated violence".

The comments by Waters, a California Democrat and icon among progressives, were immediately seized on by Republicans who claimed that Waters was inciting violence.

Critics noted that Republicans had failed to convict former President Donald Trump of inciting insurrection over the 6 January Capitol riots during his impeachment trial.

The House approved a resolution in February that removed the embattled congresswoman from her assigned committees. "You've got to register and you've got to vote and you've got to take the power". And you push back on them. She began focusing on policing issues in 1979 after the police shooting of a Black woman during a confrontation in Los Angeles over an unpaid gas bill and was a leading voice advocate for policing changes in the aftermath of the videotaped beating of Black motorist Rodney King by LAPD officers. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable.

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