Dershowitz: Maxine Waters Put The Sword Of Damocles Over Chauvin Jury, "Should Be Reversed On Appeal" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Dershowitz: Maxine Waters Put The Sword Of Damocles Over Chauvin Jury, "Should Be Reversed On Appeal"

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Legal eagle Alan Dershowitz said threats made by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), coupled with the judge refusing to sequester the jury, will lead to the conviction of Derek Chauvin to be overturned. In an interview on Newsmax, Dershowitz predicted the case should be overturned and went as far to say it should be overturned.


DERSHOWITZ: What was done to George Floyd by Officer Chauvin was inexcusable, morally. But the verdict is very questionable, because of the outside influences of people like Al Sharpton, and people like Maxine Waters. Their threats and intimidation, and hanging the sword of Damocles over the jury, and basically saying if you don’t convict on the murder charge, on all the charges, the cities will burn, the country will be destroyed, seeped into the jury room because the judge made a terrible mistake by not sequestering the jury. So the judge himself said, this case may be reversed on appeal. And I think it might reversed on appeal. I think it should be reversed on appeal.

I think the American Civil Liberties Union, which would be all over this case if it weren’t a racially-charged case, all Americans who care about due process and liberty should be concerned that the jury verdict may have been influenced by, if not the thumb, maybe even the elbow of the outside pressures, the fears, the threats. Every juror in that room knew about those threats. And when they sit and deliberate, they have to be saying to themselves, consciously or unconsciously, if I were to render a verdict other than a murder verdict, what the consequences will be, for me, and my family, my friends, my business. That should never, ever, bellowed to seep into a jury room.

So I have no real confidence that this verdict — which may be correct in some ways — but I have no confidence that this verdict was produced by due process and the rule of law, rather than the influence of the crowd.
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