Supreme Court Might Reverse Chauvin Convictions because of Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) made a statement - while jurors in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin were not yet sequestered - which demanded street confrontations unless Chauvin were found guilty of murder. The trial judge correctly suggested that any conviction in the case might ultimately be thrown out on appeal, based on what Waters said. He condemned Waters' remarks in the strongest terms, but he did not have the courage to grant a defense motion for a mistrial. Had he done so, that almost certainly would have led to riots - which would have been blamed on the judge, not on Rep. Waters. So he left it to the court of appeals, months in the future, to grant a new trial -- which he should have granted.