Wednesday, 12 May, 2021

Democrats Block McCarthy Resolution To Censure Maxine Waters Over Protest Comments

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Gustavo Carr | 21 April, 2021, 23:53

Chauvin is charged with second and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. "It's a powder keg down there", House Republican Whip Steve Scalise said, referring to the protestors in Minnesota who are awaiting a verdict in the Chauvin trial.

In fact, Dershowitz said the verdict "should be" overturned on appeal.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that "sometimes a fair trial is hard to conduct" and that "it is certainly not helpful for a member of Congress, and even the president of the U.S.to appear to be weighing in in public, while the jury is trying to sort through this significant case".

Biden had commented on the trial as the jury deliberated on its verdict, saying: "I'm praying that the verdict is the right verdict, which I think, it's overwhelming in my view", to reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

Because the jurors were not sequestered for the duration of the trial and were open to outside voices threatening protest violence, Dershowitz said it would be inconceivable to think the jurors were not consciously or subconsciously weighing the impact their decision would have on society.

Dershowitz predicted Chauvin's case will ultimately be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, which he said would be Chauvin's best hope for a conviction reversal. "They may be less restrained after the GOP-led vote on Waters".

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Specifically, Dershowitz cited the infamous Sam Sheppard murder trial in the 1950s. The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately determined Sheppard was deprived of a fair trial because the jury was tainted by media attention that engulfed the case.

"That they'll say 'guilty guilty guilty, ' and if we don't, we cannot go away", Waters said while being interviewed on scene of the protest.

"I hope that we are going to get a verdict that says, 'guilty, guilty, guilty, ' and if we don't, then we can not go away", Waters told reporters over the weekend while joining protestors in Minnesota. As the country waits for a verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial, Waters said, "We're looking for a guilty verdict" and that if that doesn't happen, "then we know that we got to not only stay in the street, but we have got to fight for justice".

Alan Dershowitz, who was a member of President Donald Trump's legal team during the first impeachment trial, has weighed in on Rep. Maxine Waters' comments in Minneapolis. "And I'm not going to be bullied by them".

"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", Cahill said. "I don't want to do anything to hurt them or hurt their chances for reelection".

"Their failure to do so is abhorrent!" he said.