Lawyer Alan Dershowitz said Rep. Maxine Waters should be “ashamed of herself” for what he described as using Ku Klux Klan tactics to intimidate the jury in Derek Chauvin’s trial over the death of George Floyd.
“The irony of what congresswoman Waters did. She borrowed the playbook of the Ku Klux Klan from the 1920s and 1930s. They would stand outside of courtrooms, and they would threaten violence,” Dershowitz told Newsmax.
“We’re not under the rule of law in Minneapolis. We’re under the rule of the crowd,” he added.
"This violates the separation of powers, it insults the integrity of the independent judiciary, and Congresswoman Waters ought to be ashamed of herself.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 20, 2021
“This violates the separation of powers. It insults the integrity of the independent judiciary, and congresswoman Waters ought to be ashamed of herself. What she did was disgraceful,” Dershowitz said.
Waters visited Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, last week and told protesters of Chauvin’s trial that “we’re looking for a guilty verdict.”
“I am very hopeful,” the California Democrat added. “I hope that we are going to get a verdict that will say, ‘Guilty, guilty, guilty.’”
“And if we don’t, we cannot go away,” she added. “We’ve got to get more confrontational.”
The former Minneapolis police officer is facing charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death.
Her comments have been hit with heavy GOP criticism, and the judge in Chauvin’s trial added that they could be grounds for appealing a verdict in the trial.
The verdict in Chauvin’s trial is expected on Tuesday.
Source: Washington Examiner : Alan Dershowitz says Maxine Waters used KKK ‘playbook’ to intimidate jury in Chauvin trial