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Here’s the alternative viewpoint on the Derek Chauvin verdict and conclusion of the trial; a viewpoint shared by millions of Americans:
The USA justice system works because an impartial jury views the evidence and trial arguments, and comes to a verdict without influence or bias.
The day before the jury arrived at their verdict in the Chauvin case, Judge Cahill complained that elected officials should not be discussing the Chauvin case in ways that were “disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch.” via Reuters
The judge was referring to Rep. Maxine Waters who went to Minneapolis over the weekend, and used her position of power to tell the crowd she was looking for a guilty verdict. After the Judge’s comments, and request for elected officials to not get involved, President Biden calls for the “right verdict”, based on “overwhelming evidence”. Which I argue is an impeachable offense, because POTUS undermined the the Judiciary, creating a very unfair situation.
You can’t have the President of the United States and a Congresswoman tamper with an arguably unsequestered jury, while the media toys with doxing the jury, and get a fair trial. That’s not how an impartial jury system works.
The day before the verdict was read, I wrote: If a guilty verdict comes in, an appeal is seen as more likely because of jury tampering and witness intimidation like what Maxine Waters (and others) are doing. Soon after, the judge said, “I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”
What President Biden, Maxine Waters (any many others), and media did to tamper with the jury is the biggest legal system injustice I have ever seen (or know about) in this nation. The frightened and intimidated jury moved quick to convict Chauvin on all three charges. (This writer believes at worst Chauvin was guilty of negligence, not murder)
The odds of an appeal are always tough, but let’s see how this plays out.
Ironically, the way this all went down may have killed momentum for any serious police reform.