Dershowitz believes Chauvin conviction ‘should be reversed on appeal’

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin prompted widespread speculation, protests, and controversial rhetoric that one prominent legal scholar believes should support a successful appeal of Tuesday’s guilty verdict.

In a Newsmax TV appearance on Tuesday, Alan Dershowitz said that while he believes Chauvin acted wrongly in the police stop that resulted in George Floyd’s death last year, he believes this week’s conviction should be overturned because of threats and intimidation directed at members of the jury.

“The verdict is questionable”

“Well first, what was done to George Floyd by Officer Chauvin was inexcusable morally,” Dershowitz said. “But the verdict is questionable because of the outside influences from people like Al Sharpton and Maxine Waters.”

Dershowitz went on to fault the judge in the case for not sequestering the jury earlier, noting that jurors could not help but feel intimidated by looting and riots in the area over the past several weeks.

Protesters and progressive public figures alike have been “basically saying that if you don’t convict on the murder charge, or all the charges, the cities will burn, the country will be destroyed,” he added, suggesting that such rhetoric “seeped into the jury room because the judge made a terrible mistake by not sequestering the jury.”

Judge Peter Cahill might have realized his mistake, admitting that U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) made “abhorrent” remarks calling for more “confrontation” from protesters if Chauvin received anything short of a full conviction.

“Disrespectful to the rule of law”

He called the congresswoman’s comments “disrespectful to the rule of law,” but ultimately dismissed a defense motion to grant a mistrial.

While Cahill acknowledged that the public statement from Waters might present an opportunity for appeal, he determined that it had not prejudiced the jury and that he trusted jurors to abide by his instruction to avoid watching news coverage of the trial.

“The judge himself said that this case may be reversed on appeal and I think it might be reversed on appeal,” Dershowitz said. “I think it should be reversed on appeal.”

On Tuesday, the day after arguments ended in the trial, jurors voted to convict Chauvin on all counts — second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

While the result sparked celebrations nationwide among those who had been protesting in the streets during the trial, Dershowitz pointed out that a jury verdict reached because of the influence of a crowd is inherently unfair.

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12 Responses

  1. Free Chauvin,jail Sharpton and waters,that might teach them to keep their mouth’s shut. Waters calling for civil war,don’t ask for something you can’t win, you idot.

  2. They say they won but an appeal will give them the chance to say they lost and were robbed. Let the riots begin.

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    1. James you are correct.This police officer was wrongfully convected. The trial should have been conducted in another state and the jury was intimidated by threat of harm to them and or business.Politicians don’t have a clue and they want us to think they have all the answers. I wish more American would wake up they are a danger to our freedoms.

  4. Yes, reverse the verdict. I’m not sure what the American justice system is doing but it looks like we have a bunch of immoral judges as well as lawyers in the system now. This is all politics driven the liberals of America.

  5. Al Sharpton needs to clean up his house first, then take a slow walk with other things that don’t concern him.

  6. Rev, Don Francen;
    while considering the fear jurist’s faced no one has considered the fear policemen have been forced to face with all of this anti-cop nonsense and the deliberate inciting racial divide that happening divine intervention must be sought and followed!

  7. Agree with all posts. It is time for the judicial system to get tough on these blm and antifa thugs, and the states governors to do the same. Since our so called “ government” is not doing what it should, each state has to do all it can to defend itself. Go after those bastards, show them they do NOT rule the country! Arrest them, allow NO bail, charge and convict them. And send them to gitmo.

  8. Should be reversed on appeal.

    Benjamin Franklin said:

    “Those who would give up Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety,
    deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

  9. This behavior has been handed down from generation to generation and instead of fixing the behavior problem they want to blame others for their criminal behaviors..the DNC has funded this behavior (kamala Harris with MN freedom fund) and now it is out of control. Giving a get out of jail free card to blm for rioting and violence is inserrection..so is telling people to stay on the streets and be confrontational ( Maxine Waters)..they tried to impeach Trump for inserrection so they should get the same treatment.IMPEACH Pelosi and waters!!

  10. Well the USA has arrived at what it was destined to since you all allowed the government to remove God from the schools.
    As Billy Grahams daughter said many years ago “we asked God to leave our schools and public life, He is a gentleman so He left. What do you expect to come in when He leaves” EVIL.
    You are now beginning to reap the whirlwind of EVIL that is infecting your society, men thinking they can be women and women believing they can become men. I give you about 10 years more for the utter destruction of your society, which is going into high gear under the people now in charge. (Biden and Harris) I feel sorry for the patriots among you as you will have to stand strong in the face of something that is not just human but satanic.

  11. These thugs will continue to threaten and try to intimidate people until the real AMERICANS put a stop to it.The dense oc RATS won’t stop it because that bunch of hoodlums fits their anti AMERICAN agenda.And that does mean the peeloosli/soroars heads of this corrupt government.

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