Alan Dershowitz, legal scholar and famed criminal defense attorney, said Tuesday that California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters’ words encouraging demonstrators to rise up over the Derek Chauvin trial is no different than the Ku Klux Klan trying to intimidate juries in the mid-20th century.
Over the weekend, Waters said that if a jury does not find Chauvin guilty, protesters and demonstrators have to “stay in the street” and “fight for justice.”
“We’ve got to get more active,” she added. “You’ve got to get more confrontational. You’ve got to make sure that they know we mean business.”
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In a Tuesday morning appearance on Newsmax, Dershowitz said that Waters’ tactics were no different than that of the Ku Klux Klan toward juries in the 1950s and 1960s.
“Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury. If you acquit, or if you find a charge less than murder, we will burn down your buildings. We will burn down your businesses. We will attack you,” he said. “This was an attempt to intimidate the jury. It’s borrowed precisely from the Ku Klux Klan of the 1930s and 1920s when the Klan would march outside of courthouses and threaten all kinds of reprisals if the jury ever dare convict a white person or acquit a black person. And so efforts to intimidate a jury should result in a mistrial.”
Dershowitz later insisted that the judge would never grant a mistrial in this case, because then he would be responsible for any ensuing riots, “even though it was Waters who was responsible.”
“That’s not the way the system of justice should operate,” the Harvard professor added, according to Mediaite. “We’re not under the rule of law in Minneapolis, we’re under the rule of the crowd.”
“The irony of what Congresswoman Waters did, she borrowed the playbook of the Ku Klux Klan from the 1920s, the 1930s,” he added. “They would stand outside of courtrooms and they would threatened violence if any juror would ever acquit, a black person or convict a white person.”
“Now we’re seeing exactly