The judge overseeing former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin's trial in the death of George Floyd said Monday that Rep. Maxine Waters' comments could be grounds for appealing a verdict in the trial.
"I'll give it to you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you an appeal that could lead to this whole case being overturned", Cahill said. 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.
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.
"We've got to get justice in this country and we can not allow these killings to continue". "I don't feel like people in power - if they really cared about all of this, they would have come to the aid of the protestors and said let's work on this before it got as far as it did last summer". Fox News said that Waters "appeared to incite protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota".
Nelson noted that the trial had not only been in the news, but recently included in two fictional TV shows and what he described as "threats" against the sanctity of the jury process by Waters over the weekend.More news: Premiers Being Asked To Provide COVID Support To Ontario
As to Waters, who some Republicans are saying should be punished or expelled for her comments (but not Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi), Goldberg said: "I don't think people should get fired".
She also said: "We've got to get more confrontational".
After the jury was sent out on Monday, Judge Peter Cahill rejected an argument from Mr Chauvin's defence lawyer that Ms Waters' comments may have influenced the jury.
Waters' comments over the weekend drew swift criticism from several Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Texas Sen.
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 a year ago. He pledged to introduce a congressional resolution of censure, though such a move would be largely symbolic as Democrats run the lower house of Congress, too.More news: Czech police hunt two men wanted over Salisbury novichok poisonings
"Maxine talked about confrontation in the manner of the civil rights movement", Pelosi told Capitol Hill reporters.
Minneapolis is on edge as it anticipates the outcome of Chauvin's trial and reels from the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center.
"... 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".
A spokesman for Waters didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
The chair of the House Financial Services Committee was first elected in 1991 to represent south Los Angeles, and is now in her 15th term in Congress.More news: Czech Republic expels 18 Russian embassy staff
"If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd".