By Duncan Smith
Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz may be a lib at heart, but he is a damned good lawyer and a constitutionalist first and foremost.
When he renders a legal opinion on a topic, it’s always cogent and relevant.
That’s why what he had to say about Derek Chauvin’s conviction on all three counts regarding the death of George Floyd — Murder 2, Murder 3, and Manslaughter 2 — is must-hear.
He blamed the “outside interference” of raging mouths like Maxine Waters, who has a long history of inciting violence for political gain, and Joe Biden, both of whom ‘commented’ on the case publicly in an attempt to influence the outcome (which is the one they got).
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Dershowitz remarked:
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.
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.
So the judge himself said, this case may be reversed on appeal. And I think it might be reversed on appeal. I think it should be reversed on appeal. I think the American Civil Liberties Union, which would be all over this case if it weren't a racially-charged case, all Americans who care about due process and liberty should be concerned that the jury verdict may have been influenced by, if not the thumb, maybe even the elbow of the outside pressures, the fears, the threats.
Every juror in that room knew about those threats.
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.
That should never, ever, bellowed to seep into a jury room. 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.
Derek Chauvin, right or wrong, didn’t get a fair trial, no how, no way.
And these disgusting Democratic politicians we have ruling huge portions of our country today are the cause of that.
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