Congresswoman Maxine Waters — who may have singlehandedly given the defense team grounds for an appeal — said Tuesday that she was “relieved” by the conviction of ex-cop Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.
“You know, someone said it better than me: I’m not celebrating, I’m relieved,” Waters (D-Calif.) said inside the US Capitol moments after the verdict was announced.
Waters’ remarks came after she sparked controversy by telling protesters in Minnesota early Sunday to “get more confrontational” if Chavin were acquitted in the high-profile case.
The comments led the judge in Chauvin’s murder trial to slam Waters — saying on Monday her comments before the jury was sequestered could lead to the whole case “being overturned.”
“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” he told Chauvin’s lawyer in denying his request for a mistrial.
“This goes back to what I’ve been saying from the beginning,” the judge fumed. “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.”