The world is waiting as the jury is sequestered deliberating the Derek Chauvin case. On Monday, defense attorney Eric Nelson again reiterated that he thought the jury should’ve been sequestered sooner because of widespread media coverage of the trial and said “I mean it is so pervasive that I just don’t know how this jury can really be said to be free from the taint of this.” Judge Pete Cahill defended his decision not to sequester the jury prior to deliberation and added “they have been told not to watch the news, I trust they are following those instructions.” Nelson also moved for a mistrial after California Congresswoman Maxine Waters on Sunday urged Minnesota protesters to “stay on the street” if former police officer Derek Chauvin is found not guilty. Judge Cahill addressed the comments and said “I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function. I think if they want to give their opinions, they should do so in a respectful and in a manner that is consistent with their oath to the Constitution to respect a co-equal branch of government, their failure to do so is, I think, abhorrent.” Judge Cahill denied the motion for a mistrial.
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