The announcement of a guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has resulted in a range of opinions by politicians and pundits alike.
For her part, Fox News Channel personality Jeanine Pirro determined that Americans should continue to have faith in the nation’s criminal justice system.
“It will survive”
“What people need to understand is that the American justice system works,” the former New York state judge said in reaction to Chauvin’s conviction on multiple counts related to the murder of George Floyd last year.
During a guest appearance on The Five, Pirro declared that “people believe in Lady Justice” and “if we give it a chance, it can work.”
Addressing unidentified “people that want to burn down streets,” she recommended letting “the courts do its job and it will survive.”
Pirro went on to address the unique details of the Floyd case as part of a template that led to Chauvin’s conviction, adding: “Here, we had a living, breathing person that the jury was able to relate to every day, day after day, watching the trauma of what he went through, begging for air, begging to breathe.”
She said the jury’s decision came from “an emotional, as well as an intellectual, decision” based on “solid” facts, declaring that the “verdict will be upheld on appeal.”
“We cannot go away”
Juan Williams expressed his agreement, adding his hope that “it’s the beginning of a big change in the way that we think about handling crime, handling people, not making judgments based on skin colors and treating people as suspects and not as citizens to be protected.”
Of course, some critics believe jurors were led to convict Chauvin on all counts at least in part out of fear of violence or retaliation.
As one notable example, Republican lawmakers attempted to censure U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for her comments ahead of the verdict announcement.
“I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty,” she said during a trip to Minneapolis. “And if we don’t, we cannot go away. We’ve got to stay on the street. We get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
Even presiding Judge Peter Cahill took issue with her statements, calling them “disrespectful to the rule of law” and speculating that the remarks possibly gave the defense team “something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned.”