HOUSE Democrats have blocked a Republican resolution to censure Maxine Waters over her comments about the Chauvin trial. The congresswoman last
HOUSE Democrats have blocked a Republican resolution to censure Maxine Waters over her comments about the Chauvin trial.
The congresswoman last weekend made comments that were slammed by Judge Peter Cahill as what he described as an “abhorrent” intervention. So what exactly did she say?
Waters told protesters to get more confrontational should Chauvin be acquitted[/caption]
What did Maxine Waters say about Derek Chauvin?
Waters has been widely criticized after telling protesters to “stay on the street and get more active, more confrontational” if Chauvin is not found guilty.
She spoke during a riot in Minnesota following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.
Judge Cahill told the court in Minneapolis that Waters’ comments at a rally in the city on Saturday could even see a guilty verdict appealed and overturned – after ex-cop Chauvin’s attorney argued the jury has been unduly influenced.
Despite this, Waters has doubled down on her words and claimed remarks “don’t matter” so therefore she need not apologize.
“The judge says my words don’t matter,” the 82-year-old said, reports CNN.
Then, when pressed on the judge saying her comments could have handed Chauvin’s defense grounds for appeal, she said: “Oh no, no they didn’t.”
Chauvin was seen being taken out of court in handcuffs after the jury’s verdict[/caption]
Waters claims she made the comments in the context of civil disobedience as a whole, saying protests are a symbolic and useful tool in achieving rights both then and now, adding “the whole civil rights movement is confrontation.”
When will Derek Chauvin be sentenced?
Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over Derek Chauvin’s trial, said the guilty former Minneapolis police officer will be sentenced in eight weeks.
As he was led away in cuffs after being found guilty of all three counts of murder and manslaughter, Cahill said Chauvin’s defense will have to submit paperwork to the court.
This procedure involves a pre-sentencing investigation that acts as a sort of background check for the defendant, which will help the judge determine the length of the sentence.
The prosecution also filed a “Blakely” motion, which will push for an upward departure based on aggravating factors.
Chauvin waived his right to have a jury decide whether those factors are enough to justify a longer sentence, and instead will have Cahill make the decision.
He faces a maximum of 75 years in prison for the crimes, but would likely serve each sentence (40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder
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What has Joe Biden said?
Joe Biden has come under fire for “politicizing” the murder trial of Derek Chauvin after he said he was “praying for the right verdict” and called the evidence against the ex-cop “overwhelming”.
Leading the charge of outrage against the president is Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz, who said on Tuesday that Biden’s remarks could even lead to a mistrial in the case.
Seizing on the president’s comments earlier Tuesday, Ted Cruz said Biden may derail the judicial process or might have left a potential conviction open to appeal, on grounds of a mistrial.
“Joe Biden decides that Maxine Waters shouldn’t be the only politician foolishly providing grounds for a mistrial or a possible basis on appeal to challenge any guilty conviction,” Cruz said in a tweet this afternoon.