September 18, 2021

Dershowitz says Chauvin conviction should be reversed

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing suspect George Floyd during an arrest, ended in a guilty verdict on all three murder counts. However, the threats from outside the courtroom may have handed the defense grounds for appeal.

Alan Dershowitz said Tuesday that Chauvin’s conviction wouldn’t stand a chance of being upheld on appeal, Breitbart reported. The well-known attorney and Harvard Law School professor emeritus cited “outside influences” that may have tainted the jury.

One of those influences was  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) who showed up in nearby Brooklyn Center, Minnesota to cheer on protesters gathered to protest another police shooting. She told the crowd to “get more confrontational” if they didn’t get a guilty verdict.

“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,” Dershowitz told Newsmax.

“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,” he continued. Dershowitz pointed out that even the “judge himself” knew Waters’ comments were a problem.

He went on to say that the American Civil Liberties Union would “be all over the case” if it weren’t for the racial component. “Every juror in that room knew about those threats,” Dershowitz said. “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.”

Dershowitz said that should feeling should never be permitted to permeate a jury’s thought process. “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.”

Whether or not the jury came to the right conclusion in this case, there’s no doubt a guilty verdict was a foregone conclusion for many. The jury walked in there having experienced months of rioting in their backyards knowing what would come from a not guilty verdict would be exponentially worse. Add to that Waters’ comments and it could be a surefire way to overturn a verdict.

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Clarence E Williams (@guest_1220593)
4 months ago

I am not defending or condoning what Chauvin did to Floyd but if Floyd would not have been resisting arrest and causing a disturbance while being arrested he would still be alive today. Was excessive force used in this case? Probably but people need to understand that resisting arrest is probably going to get you physically hurt. And besides this these people being killed by the cops while resisting arrest aren’t innocent little angels. They have committed crimes or are in the process of committing crimes. Quit resisting arrest if don’t want to get hurt.

bruce (@guest_1220678)
Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

The news media did a fantastic job of covering up Floyds’ criminal past trying to present him as a poor innocent pillar of society (b.s.) he physically hurt lots of innocent victims but our legal system kept releasing him to continue his bad deeds. You hit it right on the nail head Clarence.

Tom Kephart (@guest_1220688)
Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

Well put and I agree resisting arrest you are asking to be hurt or perhaps killed no mater what color you might be.

Robert W (@guest_1220703)
Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

AMEN TO THAT, YOU ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY!!!!

Darrel. S Davidson (@guest_1220842)
Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

AMEN…AWOMEN…..

Jennifer (@guest_1221080)
Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

I agree with you, Clarence. DEREK CHAUVIN WAS AN INNOCENT MAN. GIVEN THE HOSTILITY OF THE MOB, THE ‘JUDGE’ SHOULD HAVE KNOWN TO SEQUESTER THE JURY IN ORDER THAT THEY COULD RULE FAIRLY.
This verdict is one more travesty of justice upon our Nation. With it, America has been slapped with yet another reason to spit upon law and order, rendering we ‘victims’ of a lawless Nation in jeopardy for our lives as was Officer Derek Chauvin. OUTRAGEOUS! (Did the victim of George Floyd’s theft ever get justice? How about the pregnant woman who was robbed at his gunpoint in her own apartment?) I am becoming more racist by the day!

Charles (@guest_1221160)
Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

OBEY THE LAW. OBEY THE COMMANDS FROM A COP! A policeman villified, and charged, a thug cannionized, as a hero, if the Floyd family had a choice of keeping the 50 or maybe more millions , they have recievied or getting this thug family member back, what do you think, their choice would be.

Pollty (@guest_1221542)
Reply to  Charles
4 months ago

I really do not know how any money can take away the pain of losing a loved one!.May b e this family will give all that money back to a worthy cause such as helping to keep drug addicts get cleaned

Kay (@guest_1221237)
Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

I am concerned that this will bring on more violence knowing that if a police officer stops you, all you have to do is resist. What about all the damage & destruction that has been going on for some time. Are the officers to ignore that or attempt to arrest them and stop destruction? Anyone that watched the downplay of his attempted arrest would probably take a new view on the outcome.

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Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

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Van L Nguyen (@guest_1221499)
Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

A person violated many criminal records and used drugs, and was unlucky to die in a conflict with law enforcement. Not worth the attention of society as warriors sacrificing for the country.
Officer Chauvin if guilty only with the crime of manslaughter is true for this case.
People who have brought a history of using drugs with many felony crimes, death or life are still a crime in the country.

Beverly (@guest_1222304)
Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

BOY, DO YOU MAKE SINCE !! THEIRS STILL A FEW PEOPLE WITH A BRAIN !!!! SURPRISE, SURPRISE !! BUT WHY WOULD THE QUIT LISTENING TO THE LAW ?? SO FAR THEY’VE PRETTY MUCH DONE WHATEVER THERE LITTLE HEARTS DESIRE !! HELL, EVEN THE JUDGES GIVE THEM FULL RIEN !! THIS BLACK LIVES MATTER IS ONLY A WAY TO DO WHAT EVER THEIR LITTLE HEARTS DESIRE AND GET AWAY WITH IT . HELL KILLING THEIR ON COLOR DOESN’T MATTER EITHER. MAYBE THEY ARE COLOR BLIND THAT WAY THEY CAN SAY GEE I DIDN’T KNOW THEY WERE BLACK WHEN I SHOT HIM !!!

Barb Anderson (@guest_1228414)
Reply to  Clarence E Williams
4 months ago

Well trained crisis actor of Soros…paid for and trained…not Chauvin…

Mem (@guest_1220599)
4 months ago

White people didn’t loot, riot hurt police officers, an burn cities when O.J killed 2 white people with a tremendous amount of evidence against him. Now we can’t even trust juries because they are scared to death of black racists.

Me (@guest_1221108)
Reply to  Mem
4 months ago

White people have better morals respect for others. Not saying some blacks doesn’t. Because there are some blacks that are against what’s happening. Most whites up holds the law that’s what it was made for. To abide by the law of the land. But you have Maxine and Al to show up and entice violence. Well go figure. Everyone knew where it would go then.

Rhonda Brittingham (@guest_1221134)
Reply to  Mem
4 months ago

Yes, This trial was a sideshow. BLM is a Terrorist Org. This was not a fair trial. This Verdict will satisfy the Lunatic Mob for a short time, maybe 2 days, but they always find Systemic Racism somewhere else. I absolutely HATE THEM AND ANTIFA. Now our Legal system is further perverted by a bunch of uneducated, out of control Jungle Zombies. Chauvin, in my opinion, should not have been found guilty because of all the screw- ups in this trial, plus, I think Floyd died of an OD. I think it was a staged trial. I don’t think he was found guilty, but they had to throw that meat to the Mob. I think after sentencing he will disappear. This explains a lot of things.

Terry Bell (@guest_1221215)
Reply to  Mem
4 months ago

TRUE !

Margaret (@guest_1229596)
Reply to  Mem
4 months ago

People have no protection anymore, they are defunding police, the jury felt if they did not convict they would be fair game from BLM and antifa.Probably did not have a choice. Maybe should have been changed venue and keep the jury secquestered, glad I wasn’t one.

Kaye (@guest_1220606)
4 months ago

Look closely at the definition of murder:
Unlawful PREMEDITATED killing of one human being by another.
Key word PREMEDITATED
The jury either wasn’t properly instructed by the judge or they’d already made up their minds before deliberations

Mimi (@guest_1220994)
Reply to  Kaye
4 months ago

That’s the definition of Murder 1…Murder 2 indicates loss of life without being premeditated. George Floyd still tragically died…Chauvin just didn’t plan it. But I believe he was resisting arrest, and he was a big man, and his physical and drug issues landed just as much if not more to his death.

Terry Bell (@guest_1221216)
Reply to  Mimi
4 months ago

The ONLY tragic thing I see is the Rail Roading of a white police officer !

Angelika (@guest_1220636)
4 months ago

yes, it should be reversed as chauvin did NOT get a fair trial = jury/judge were all INTIMIDATED, BLACKMAILED = this is NOT “justice”…..

Terry Bell (@guest_1221217)
Reply to  Angelika
4 months ago

I agree !

James T Fayard (@guest_1220649)
4 months ago

Ì personally think the jurors had their minds made up when they waked into the jury ŕoom. They were scared into a Guilty verdict by outside influence. Ì m sure that he is Guilty but he didn’t get a fair trial by the ĺocals. His trial should’ve been moved to a more secure place and sequestered the Jury.

Mike (@guest_1220662)
4 months ago

Why can’t your headline JUST BE TRUTHFUL?

bruce (@guest_1220693)
4 months ago

Until sane unbiased people take up positions of legal control in this country, we will never see anything just or honorable again. The BLM leaders are millionaires and becoming neighbors with the very people who they claim are the black Americans’ enemy. Reparations to the small number of slave descendants have been paid 1,000 fold with ongoing welfare benefits since the ’70s. Unfortunately, black America will not be content until they all live in free welfare mansions with white slaves, then they’ll kill each other for more. Their lives are self-inflicted as I know many even in my family who are living well and happy with successful careers. So quit buckling under to the minority of hate activists.

Rev4God (@guest_1220718)
4 months ago

not surprised at verdict, everybody scared of a loud mouth n….r

Terry (@guest_1220733)
4 months ago

The calling of Violence by Macii Waters tainted this trial. Just think if George Floyd had of NOT RESISTED arrest and listened to what the officer’s told him to do, he’d still be alive. WHY are people resisting the Police, because the MEDIA and Democrat’s portray them as the BAD GUY’S.
Just read where a babysitter killed a one year old, the babysitter is black and the one year old is white, WILL there be RIOTS for this little precious baby, who was never allowed to have a life!!! We shall see.

John Galt (@guest_1221760)
Reply to  Terry
4 months ago

I never read about this. Mainstream media must have ignored it. Doesn’t fit the agenda.

Me (@guest_1221096)
4 months ago

Now we need justice on the little boy that was shot for riding his bike throw a black mans yard. You haven’t heard anything on that have you. It was a white child. There hasn’t be one thing protesting on that one. I don’t up life violence. I think if you do a crime you serve your time. But I like to know did this man get what he deserves. Or does it matter because it be a white kid. I really think mad Maxine enticing in the verdict.

John Galt (@guest_1221762)
Reply to  Me
4 months ago

Haven’t read about this either. Doesn’t fit the agenda.

Jon (@guest_1221193)
4 months ago

He would not be still alive. The drugs in his body would still have killed him.

Kenneth (@guest_1221265)
4 months ago

But wait, george was such a fine upstanding citizen. Then why did the police have to be called at all. There’s a N*GGER in the wood pile here.

Billy (@guest_1221440)
4 months ago

Take it all the way to the top. Waters needs to be charged for at least Incitement to riot.

John Galt (@guest_1221759)
4 months ago

Professor Dershowitz – Thank you for coming out with these comments. You are absolutely correct. The verdict should be set aside, either by the trial judge, and, if not, on appeal. He should be released pending further proceedings. It does not even appear that Chauvin’s actions even meet the elements of second degree murder. Given the state of our country at this time, Chauvin will have to spend his entire life in hiding or in something like a witness protection program.

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