NEW YORK (PNN) - April 20, 2021 - On Tuesday, Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz addressed Rep. Maxine Waters ‘(Kalif.) tactics amid the Derek Chauvin trial, saying she is trying to “influence” and “intimidate” the jury.
Dershowitz said Waters is taking a page out of the Ku Klux Klan’s playbook to influence court cases by threatening violence.
“First of all, the judge should have granted the motion for a mistrial based on the efforts of congressman Waters to influence the jury,” Dershowitz declared. “Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury - ‘If you will acquit or if you find the charge less than murder, we will burn down your buildings. We will burn down your businesses. We will attack you. We will do what happened to the witness - blood on their door.’ This was an attempt to intimidate the jury. It’s borrowed precisely from the Ku Klux Klan of the 1930s and 1920s when the Klan would march outside of courthouses and threatened all kinds of reprisals if the jury ever dared convict a white person or acquit a black person. Efforts to intimidate a jury should result in a mistrial. The judge wouldn’t grant a mistrial because then he’d be responsible for the riots that would ensue, even though it was Waters who was responsible.”
He predicted Chauvin will be convicted at least on the charge of manslaughter but believes it will go to the Court of Appeals.
“[S]o now, if there is a conviction, and I think there will be a conviction, at least on the manslaughter charge, the issue will go to the Court of Appeals,” he advised. “Will the Court of Appeals have the courage to reverse this conviction on the grounds that the jury was subjected to intimidation tactics, not only by Waters but by others as well who threatened violence in the event of an acquittal or a lesser charge than murder?”